In 2015 Miesha Forte enrolled in Youth One Stop. She had left high school without getting a diploma and needed some guidance. Miesha’s case manager helped her enroll in HSE class, and to begin a targeted job search. Miesha then got a job as a cleaner at LCS Companies Inc. and was learning how to juggle her work schedule and school at the same time.
She passed several of the TASC HSE test sections, missing only math and science by a few points. Shortly after Miesha received a wake up call. Her job ended, she stopped attending classes and then became pregnant. Excited to become a mother, she was in a race against time to secure her future so she could provide for her child. Fortunately, Miesha had learned a lot from her experience on the job. Besides critical soft skills, Miesha had learned what kind of career she wanted to pursue. Miesha wanted to care for people, and decided to start a medical career by becoming a Nursing Assistant.
A severe barrier facing Dutchess County youth from accessing employment opportunities is a lack of hard skills. These are specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured, such as typing, writing, math, reading and the ability to use software programs. Youth One Stop assists individuals to attain the education and training needed to forge a successful career through Individual Training Account (ITA) grants of up to $5,000 per individual. Miesha’s case manager helped her apply for an ITA, and Miesha enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant class with Dutchess County BOCES Adult Learning Institute. Once she received her certificate, she began working at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley.
Today Miesha is the proud mother of a beautiful little girl, and one test section away from getting her HSE Diploma. She is the type of success story that
we cannot get enough of: combining time, persistence, and a willingness to try every opportunity. The results speak for themselves.