Meet Aniesha - Inglewood
Aniesha Nicholas was a high school senior in 2013 eager to get a job so she could help her disabled mother with households needs as well as having money to cover the costs of graduation, prom and school supplies. Her goal was to go to college and enter a career field that would enable her to support her mother. But she quickly discovered that her age was a barrier to gaining employment.
Aniesha heard from her school mates about the opportunities at the Inglewood One Stop Career Center -Youth Service, so she went to the center and found out she was qualified to enroll in the Blueprint for Workplace Success Class and the Fit for Gold Tutoring & Fitness Academy. After completing both the Blueprint curriculum and Fit for Gold, Aniesha was placed in a subsidized work assignment to give her more experience.
Outcome and Benefits:
Aniesha was advised go to Job Club once a week at the Inglewood One Stop so she could work on interviewing skills. While attending Job Club, she saw other students submitting college applications and felt confident that her 3.4 GPA and dedication to helping her family would be just what she needed to get accepted. Aniesha was admitted into UC Merced but struggled to keep up with the financial costs of school, so after one year she moved back home.
After coming back to Inglewood, Aniesha returned to the One Stop because she needed help finding a job as well as enrolling back into school, which were both equal priorities for her. After hearing that she had difficulty finding an employer who would work around her class schedule at El Camino College, the Job Club Coordinator, Mrs. McElroy, recommended her for an interview as a Parking Lot Attendant. Aniesha was hired immediately and is now able to balance school and work while also helping her family.
“One Stop Youth Program is the best place for any one in school or beginning to go to college because the staff really cares about your future. They want you to be the best person you can be and they always seem to find resources to help you along the way and guide you in the right direction.”