Her pastor encouraged her to take advantage of our services because Tanya:
- Had never been to a formal school — just independent study at home since an early age
- Did not want to rely on public assistance of any kind
With the help of here STS career coach, Tanya continues to accomplish so much:
- Enrolling in a local adult education program
- Studying for her GED with the help of tutors at her church
- Exploring career paths with My Next Move survey
- Touring Delta College
- Learning about entrepreneurship and starting her own cleaning service
- Building a clientele base and saving money for college
- Earning her driver’s license and buying a car with her own hard-earned money
When Marlie came to the program in 2016, she was:
- Living at home with her large family
- Unsure about her future, with no direction or drive for what she wanted to do
- Inexperienced in the world work, but sure she didn’t want to work with people
Marlie met faithfully with her career coach, attending workshops and talent tours. She discovered a lot about herself along the way:
- She did some needed upgrading of her math and reading skills
- After learning about different career pathways, she decided her passion and career goal is to work with animals
- She developed a professional resume and cover letter, learned about soft skills, and completed some job safety training
- She established good work habits through a work experience at Hairy Paws, a local grooming/pet day care center
- She was hired by Hairy Paws after just a month and a half
- Marlie plans to work at Hairy Paws while attending the veterinary tech program at Baker College
With a positive mindset and determination, anything is possible. Just ask Melvin. He came to the program in 2016 after relocating to Saginaw from Lakeland, FL, where he had some experience with the juvenile justice system. Now a resident of the City Rescue Mission, he is determined to succeed and make better life decisions.
His top priority is earning his high school diploma and exploring an interest in construction. #Solve the Struggle has helped him:
- Enroll in Cyber Education Center for online instruction for completion of high school requirements, which he completed in June 2017
- Enroll in the YouthBuild program to learn construction trades hands-on at Habitat for Humanity builds
- Land a part-time job at Rally’s
- Volunteer at Community Baptist Church
- Share job search information to new residents of the City Rescue Mission
- Explore continuing his education at a Christian college
When Kelsey joined us in 2013, she was facing some challenges:
- Non-high school graduate
- Reading and math skills needed improvement
- Limited work experience or career direction
- No driver’s license
With the help of the program, she was able to obtain her high school diploma at Omni and experience a wide range of valuable life skills and career-building opportunities:
- Activities and workshops for career planning and job searching
- Two work experiences as a floral processor at Erika’s Flowers and as a recreational aide at The Neighborhood House
- Tours of the City of Saginaw, Mobile Medical Response, Covenant HealthCare, Delta College, SVSU
The Neighborhood House liked Kelsey so much, that they found a position for her working alongside the cook. She works while attending classes at Delta, where she is working toward earning an associate’s degree.
Kelsey has learned a lot about herself and has increased her self-confidence greatly by being a part of the program.
Monique came to the program facing several challenges. The two that were holding her back the most were:
- No high school diploma
- No permanent place to live
Although Monique was dealing with difficulties in her personal life, she refused to give up on school or her future. She was an active participant in #Solve the Struggle and was determined to increase her chances of success in life. Some of the training that helped her most was:
- PX2 — how to manage change, set and achieve goals, lead more effectively, and think in ethical ways to create success
- Excellence in Everything — using all experiences, both good and bad, as a vehicle to create the life you desire
By fall 2015, Monique took an important career step by completing the certified nursing assistant training at Elite CNA in Bridgeport. Shortly after, she got a full-time job as a resident aide at the Saginaw Senior Care and Rehab Center. She has also taken on a leadership role in both Saginaw and Lansing as a youth advocate for Latino Leaders for the Enhancement of Advocacy and Development, helping to raise awareness of the importance of voting.
Juan came to us in 2016 needing assistance with housing, career exploration, resume building, communication skills, work readiness skills, and transportation.
At the time he was also enrolled in the Saginaw YouthBuild Program, where he earned a construction certification that summer.
Juan completed the My Next Move career assessment, which helped him focus on a career direction. He also:
- Received resume building assistance to help with job searching
- Completed two work experiences to help improve his work readiness skills — one as a groundskeeper at Friends of Hoyt Park and another at STRIVE Substance Abuse Prevention Organization as a maintenance/recreation aide*
- Enrolled at Cyber Education Center to complete his high school diploma
- Attended trips to Central Michigan University, Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA), and Covenant HealthCare
While working at STRIVE, Juan was trained and certified in several job-specific skills:
- Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
- Recipient Rights and Due Process
- Restorative Practices
Juan has been very successful on his work experience at STRIVE. “I have learned a lot about myself and ways to better manage my attitude,” he says. Juan continues to learn new things and move forward with his career aspirations.
Julia came into the program needing assistance with career exploration, resume building, interviewing skills, public speaking skills, and work readiness skills.
She worked closely with her career coach and participated in:
- Personal/career assessments, which helped her to decide on a career direction
- Resume building and mentoring opportunities, which helped to build her confidence
- Mock interviews, which helped her to overcome her fear of public speaking
- Work experiences, which helped her to learn valuable work readiness skills
Julia’s high school goal was to work at Nexteer Automotive, like her grandfather. She attained this goal and is now a production worker there, with good wages, benefits, and room for advancement. She also attends weekly CAN Council parenting meetings.
“The more you work at something, the better you get and less afraid you will be,” Julia says.
Stephanie and her two children live in Midland. She has learned perseverance, determination, and goal achievement in attaining her GED while parenting and pregnant with her second child.
#Solve the Struggle has helped her with comprehensive guidance and counseling with career planning life skills, decision making and work readiness skills. Workshops in financial literacy and interviewing have expanded her skill set. A talent tour to various employers have increased her awareness of different career fields and training necessary for employment.
She was recently hired as a housekeeper at Hampton Inn in Midland at a higher wage than her previous job.