In high school, Isashei Lopez never wanted to go to class. She got into fights and made some bad decisions. She found out about Operation New Hope through one of her managers and then entered the Cal Works Program. She became a receptionist at Operation New Hope and when they found out that she didn’t have a high school diploma, they helped her enroll two months later.
Isashei also enrolled in the San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board’s WIA youth program in July 2010, and it has been a great help. As a young working mom with a one-year old child, money is very tight. The incentives she has received by attending workshops are very helpful but what has really made a difference is the job readiness class.
“I never knew what a resumé was until I took the class,” she said. “My ultimate goal is to transfer from community college to university and become a nurse. My mentors are so helpful and they know how to answer my questions, or help me to find the answers that keep me going.”
Outcomes & Benefits
In addition to working and taking classes, Isashei is now ASB president of New Hope High School. One of her responsibilities is selling t-shirts for the high school and she keeps the inventory and deposits the money.
“You can’t help but think about the end of the program when you won’t have all this support,” she said. “I’m a better person now and I know when that time comes, I won’t need that outside help anymore. I’ve learned how to budget and be responsible at my job and for my own future.”