Pupil Services, City Partnership Program
Growing up, William C. explored parts of the world some of us have yet to see. He has visited places such as Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Hawaii and Australia. Although William recognizes he has been fortunate, his travels weren’t under positive circumstances.
Throughout his life, William’s father has been incarcerated and continues to be away from his family. What’s more, his mother also was incarcerated when William was 12 years old; consequently, leading to so much movement. While William’s mother and father were incarcerated, both William and his brother moved around from family member to family member. This is the sole reason why William never finished high school. It appeared that every time he started a new school, just as he made new friends and adjusted, it was time to move again. As PSA Counselors, it is known that when so much movement occurs, transcripts tend to get lost, sometimes they’re incomplete and sometimes students end up repeating courses.
Nonetheless, William still wasn’t defeated. Eventually, he was reunited with his mother and decided that it was time to get back on track. William came into the YouthSource Center (YSC), Brotherhood Crusade a little over a year ago and enrolled in the WIA program. He was set on getting his GED and also gaining employment. Initially, William appeared to be motivated. However, as time progressed, he started to engage in extracurricular activities that weren’t advantageous to him. For an entire summer William disappeared from the YSC and returned in October. In October, he re-engaged in GED prep, re-took the two sections that he had previously failed and passed.
It’s hard to say what happened, but PSA counselor, Ms. Betsy Lara strongly believes that William realized that he had the potential for more. William returned as a different person. He gave up his bad habits, acknowledging that they weren’t going to pay his bills or get him further in life.
William took on responsibilities at the front desk answering phones. Initially, this was not a task he was willing to take on. But now, William can handle the front desk all by himself and won’t hesitate in taking charge. Moreover, William has also been volunteering, for the last two months, at LAX’s IT Department. He’s constantly networking, letting his colleagues know that he’s available to assist and is ready to take on any tasks that are given to him.
William is a determined and successful young man who has a vision and is working towards more in life. William has yet to determine his exact career path, but what’s important is that he’s learned the skills needed to be successful and self-sufficient.
Great job William! Thank you to our PSA Counselors for all of their hard work!