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Meet Yuritzi Ayala - Torrance

Workforce Challenge:

Los Angeles resident Yuritzi Ayala wanted to earn a BS degree and work in dentistry or public healthcare after graduating high school but faced many financial hardships, including unstable housing and a limited support system as a foster youth.

Workforce Solution:

The South Bay One-Stop Center helped her enroll in a paid work experience as a Dental Assistant at a Torrance-based dental office during the summer.

Outcome and Benefits:

After completing the assignment, she enrolled at the University of California San Diego and secured stable campus housing. Yuritzi is earning a BS degree and pursuing a career in Public Health.

“Growing up I always struggled with worrying about medical insurance and not being able to get proper healthcare. I want to pursue a career where I can support patients who often struggle with finding good healthcare in their community.”

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