Over the last year, the HOT (Health Occupations Training) program has worked with two motivated WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunties Act) youth as they strive to build their futures in health care. We cheered for our young lady, Shuvette, when she walked across the stage at last year's Y-4 Conference to be recognized for "Best Professional Dress." Then we congratulated Neery as he too walked across a stage to receive his Medical Assistant certificate at San Manuel Gateway College. Both of these young people have endured hardships but aren't letting that get in the way of their dreams. Let's catch up with them:
Shuvette: A former foster care youth, this young woman has taken every opportunity the HOT program has afforded her. She attended both the leadership retreat and the Y-4 conference, and actively participates in the HOT workshops, and one-on-one support our youth outreach specialists have given her. She jumped at the chance to participate in a three-week paid work experience (PWE) we set up for her and was placed at Premier Medical Transport (PMT) in Colton, CA. She was eager to learn, worked hard, and was always on time. She so impressed her supervisor at PMT, they offered her a permanent position following her PWE. Shuvette is now a non-emergency patient transporter and is extremely happy about her new job. Her huge grin shows it! She plans to get as much experience as she can at PMT and pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.
Neery: This young man's early struggles in life have instilled in him a sence of responsibility and desire to provide for his family. He came to us a year ago and, like Shuvette, just needed the opportunity to succeed. Early on, he showed a lot of initiative and was very active in the HOT program. He initially had an interest in phlebotomy but decided on the Medical Assistant certificate program at Loma Linda's San Manuel Gateway College. Armed with a $700 scholarship award from the HOT program, Neery successfully completed the MA (Medial Assistant) program in June of this year and got a job as a Care Coordinator in the Quality & Compliance department at SACHS (Social Action Community Health System) clinic in San Bernardino. He is already paying it foward by tutoring other students in the MA program at Gateway College, part time. This is just a stepping stone for Neery, who was recognized for choosing the winning name "Generation Go!" for the WIOA program. He too plans to go back to school to become a Physical Therapist.
We are so happy to see two young people on their way to brighter futures and serving their communities. They are living examples of our mantra to Plan Now, Live Well, and Serve Here!