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Meet Israel Sandoval

Workforce Challenge:

Nineteen-year-old Israel Sandoval was attending a traditional high school until he felt the school setting was no longer a good fit for him. As a result, he dropped out for one year.

Workforce Solution:

He then enrolled in the SBWIB YouthBuild Program where he benefited from the smaller class sizes and the attention and support he received from the staff. As he learned different constructions skills, he applied it to his personal life by completing small construction projects in his aunt’s kitchen. Mr. Sandoval completed CPR training in addition to his certification in construction. He was also enrolled in the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act program and received paid work experience at Chevron.

Outcome and Benefits:

Mr. Sandoval overcame the negative relationships fostered at his previous school by creating new and positive ones at YouthBuild. He was able to remain focused and as a result, co-enrolled at El Camino College where he is taking kinesiology classes. In the future, he plans on transferring to a University.

“Definitely come to YouthBuild and be open to what they offer. The program will only work if they are willing to accept and take advantage of the services the program offers to be successful.”

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