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Meet Emmanuel James

Workforce Challenge:

Emmanuel James graduated from high school with an exceptional GPA and received a full scholarship to Arizona State University. Despite having a scholarship he needed assistance paying for school supplies and clothing. His family wasn’t able to help him financially so he decided after a semester he would go back home to Inglewood and work to save money. His plan was to return to school after saving a bit, once he started to work he focused on work and did not return to Arizona State University.

Workforce Solution:

Emmanuel’s temporary jobs only lasted a month, he decided to seek employment assistance from the Inglewood One-Stop Youth Department. He participated in the Blueprint for Workplace Success class, paid work experience program and worked on his interviewing skills.

Outcome and Benefits:

Emmanuel found employment at Amazon and has enrolled in a nursing program.

“The One-Stop gave me better decision-making skills, confidence and determination. It has also been the best support system and it’s been free.”

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