Meet Young People
When I was pregnant with my son, I got into a fight that got pretty violent. That was when I realized it was time for me to start making different choices – for me, and for my growing family. I studied to be a CNA, but couldn’t find a job because of my record.
Then my friend pointed me to UTEC.
“I became passionate about using my story to make positive change, not only for me, but for others with the a similar background.”
I enrolled at UTEC, got through mattress recycling, started working in the woodshop, and joined the youth-led organizing group where we were advocating for an Expungement Bill. I became passionate about using my story to make positive change, not only for me, but for others with the a similar background. I decided I had a new goal – to work at the State House.
I’ve gone through some struggles personally and hadn’t been showing up consistently. Through it all, my transitional coach (TC) has been there for me. About four months ago, before the Coronavirus hit, I was in a good place to be focused on achieving my goals. I was about to start an internship with our admin, Carole. Now that has been put off. My days at home involve me cooking for my kids and helping them with their homework – it’s a lot
UTEC delivers care packages with meals, groceries, diapers, really anything I need, which I’m so thankful for, because I’m too nervous to leave the house. When I can find the time, I try to work towards my own goals. I really miss going to UTEC everyday – that’s my family. They’ve shown me they’ll show up no matter what, so I know they’ll be back to 100 after all this; I just hope it comes soon.