Life has been difficult for 16-year-old Tenae. She is the mother of a baby boy, and also cares for her disabled parents as well as her younger autistic sister.

Thankfully, Tenae was referred to the CalWORKs Youth Employment Program (CYEP), where she received customer service training and was able to secure paid work experience opportunities at Wal-Mart. The service is funded by the Workforce Development Board.

Additionally, Tenae engaged in workshops that developed her level of confidence and revealed her leadership skills in a group setting.

Tenae’s experience working in Goodwill Career Resource Center in Victorville after Wal-Mart proved to be the most beneficial. She created a presentation on resume writing and became the “go-to” person for resume assistance in the center. She was able to earn money, but more importantly, she learned skills necessary to find gainful employment.

Tenae is currently training to become a certified nursing assistant, which she hopes will help her fulfill her dream of a career as a neo-natal nurse.

She said, “It was hard having a baby and not knowing how I was going to provide for my son. Goodwill helped me with a plan. I knew I needed to find a way and I am very grateful that I received so much support.”