Veteran finds success in the civilian world

November 10, 2015

In 1999, Andrew S. Colunga retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 22 years of service. His aviation background landed him a job at Boeing, but when the three-hour commute back and forth to Long Beach became too much, Colunga

Michael Cerdinio finds fulfilling full-time work after C2C internship

October 28, 2015

Michael Cerdinio was a participant in SDWP’s CONNECT2Careers (C2C) youth employment program. Through C2C he was placed in an internship with Buster Biofuels, a green energy company that creates Green Initiatives for restaurants in San Diego by reclaiming their used

From refugee to refuge: Lian Thang’s story

October 14, 2015

When the Burmese Army began making life difficult for his and nearby villages, Lian Thang knew he had to flee for his safety. In 2008, when Lian was 14, he left his home in Chin State in western Burma and

Expanded Subsidized Employment program helps mother of two turn family’s life around

October 14, 2015

Chante Yuban Brookins was working as a preschool teacher when she lost her job. For the next two months, she took on the odd cleaning or babysitting job. For the rest of the following year Chante did not have luck

Former teen mom joins staff at agency that helped her succeed

October 7, 2015

Ashley Rodriguez could have been a statistic. Using drugs between 13 and 15, she dropped out of school in 10th grade and became a single parent at 16.  Instead, two years later she joined Pathways to Success (P2S) — funded

Formerly homeless youth on path to success

June 30, 2015

Malcolm Charles understands his customers like few other servers can. “I’ve been homeless before,” shares Malcolm, who is currently working on a food truck that specializes in serving the homeless population. Malcolm was attending Diego Valley Charter School to study

YMCA Urban Teacher Fellows helps woman find passion

December 8, 2014

Arlyne Rodriguez joined the YMCA San Diego’s Urban Teacher Fellows (UTF) program in 2013. UTF assists students who want to become future educators in underserved urban neighborhoods in San Diego. The program supports students while they are enrolled as a

From Refugee to Resident Physician

August 21, 2014

Dr. Najwan Al Ani practiced medicine in Jordan and war-torn areas of Iraq for seven years before coming to the United States in 2010. She knew it would be a long process to achieve her dream of practicing medicine here

COMPACT helps youth find her passion for automotive work

August 5, 2014

Arianna first came to Escondido Education COMPACT in 2013, after years of personal struggles that involved substance abuse and incarceration at the Girls Rehabilitation Facility in San Diego. COMPACT’s North County Youth Career Network Recovery and Re-Engagement program provides at-risk

After months of unemployment, Beronilla secures job

June 9, 2014

Not long ago, Eugene Beronilla could sum up his employment situation as “overqualified and underemployed.” Fortunately for Beronilla, who had been looking for work for over a year, this happens to be the name of one of the workshops available