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Meet Angelo Mendoza

Workforce Challenge:

Angelo Mendoza, a seventeen-year-old from Lomita, was expelled from high school for non-compliance with school policies. Seeking to gain experience for his resume, he was referred to the SBWIB YouthBuild program by his mother.

Workforce Solution:

Angelo recognized the opportunity to earn money while working towards his high school diploma and received job readiness training. He learned to create a professional resume, communicate effectively with employers, dress appropriately for the workplace, and observe a work schedule.

Outcome and Benefits:

Through the WIOA Youth Program, he secured a paid internship opportunity at the South Bay OneStop Center in Inglewood. Angelo earned his NCCER, OSHA 10, First Aid, CPR & AE certifications, high school diploma, and job placement through the services provided by YouthBuild. He also developed the ability to face challenges with a calm, respectful, and open-minded approach.

“YouthBuild is a place where teachers truly understand you, help you, and where you can connect with likeminded students. I would recommend YB for any student that is struggling in school, struggling to get money, and is not interested in attending a traditional high school.”

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