When 18-year-old Melody moved to California, she was unemployed, homeless, surviving on food stamps and living at a motel.

She tried desperately to find a job, but without any work experience employers were reluctant to hire her. A friend told her to seek help from the Workforce Development Board.

She attended classes to learn interview skills and job search techniques. She also earned a certificate in customer service skills, and the WDB placed her in a work experience position. The job has since become permanent.

Said Melody, “This program has helped me to gain the knowledge and skills I needed to survive. Before the program, I had no idea how to even start looking for a job. I also have the knowledge to know what to wear and how to speak in a job interview. It has been a great experience, and I am very glad there was a program like this to help me when I needed it.”