When his parents abruptly divorced, Miles Woods was without a father figure and looked to older men in his neighborhood for guidance. Miles ended up dealing and using drugs despite his parents trying to steer him onto a straighter path. He soon had a baby boy to support and found that the streets were where he could make a quick buck. Eventually he was incarcerated on a misdemeanor drug charge, then released on probation.

Upon release, Miles was directed to the Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Center where he received work readiness training, a boost in self-confidence and the realization that he has the potential to succeed in a career. He began vocational training in three areas of construction. He will receive certifications in each area once he completes the program. Miles will also be obtaining a forklift license and experience in warehousing.

“I am now a better person, and I am more determined to succeed,” Miles said. He is an acting ambassador for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act youth program through the PAL center and eager to recruit young men like himself who are seeking ways to leave their pasts behind and forge ahead in a positive, productive manner. “The WIOA program helped me feel good about myself, and I know that I can be a good worker and father if given the chance.”