Naomi Moore is a Peer Job Coach at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Here she tells a little bit about herself, both personally and professionally.
What is a typical day like for you?
As a peer job coach, a typical day for me involves checking my inbox and communication systems to respond to participants that are interested in our CONNECT2Careers program. In my position, I help youth ages 16-24 years old find employment in San Diego County. I assist the program by conducting outreach, explaining the program to peers and helping them get internships or jobs. Most of my outreach is done through text messages, which is the most convenient and relevant form of communication for youth. As a formerly disconnected youth, I understand how important it is to connect my peers with opportunities that can change the course of their life.
What professional moment or project are you most proud of?
One of my proudest moments was graduating from high school and receiving my high school diploma from Urban Corps, a program that lets you work and go to school at the same time. From there, I landed an internship with Urban League. My internship lasted three months where I worked closely with the CEO on a special project, the Annual Golden Pyramid Scholars Program. Within the program, I was tasked with identifying, recruiting, and supporting students in school with a 3.5 or higher GPA. I worked with the leadership at various schools to gather the list of students who met our criteria for the awards. Toward the end of my internship, I was introduced to the peer job coach position here at SDWP. A big moment for me was being the mediator for our annual Flip the Script youth conference. I was given the chance to tell my story. I also had the privilege of meeting Congresswoman Susan Davis, who me a certificate highlighting my professionalism as a youth advocate.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends. I especially love the holidays because it’s a chance for my spread-out family to get together and enjoy traditional meals. Over Christmas, I got to spend time with both my mom’s side and boyfriend’s side of the family, which is so valuable to me. I absolutely love animals and hope to open a small pet shop of my own after I graduate. I’m currently taking classes at City College to earn my degree in business management. If I’m not working or in school, you can find me cuddling my Poodle-Yorkie mix, Bleezy.