Meet Angelo Mendoza
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.
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.”