Thanks to our generous supporters, JWG students from Mt. Tahoma High School were able to attend the JWG Career Development Conference at the Great Wolf Lodge, receive bus passes to get to new jobs and purchase interview and work clothing. Here is what they had to say about JWG and the impact of their JWG specialist, Chris Sieg.
Mechela: If it wasn’t for JWG I would not have graduated, have a job, or have a place to live or even be in this state. JWG and my specialist got me back in the state and found a homeless shelter for me to live in. He also helped me graduate and then get a job at Anthony’s restaurant as a hostess. There is so much I can write about my experiences with JWG and my specialist, who was always there for me. I received transportation, food and clothes. My specialist stored and moved my belongings and even helped me find a place to live. I am a high school graduate all because of JWG!
Maria: My specialist helped me get a paid internship with CFM Consulting and provided my mom with gas cards so she could take me to work. I started out at $9.50 and hour part-time working after school. I received a raise to $10.00 an hour. JWG and my specialist helped me with interviewing and how to be successful at work. I was hired full-time for the summer and now I’m making $12.50 an hour and am in charge of four interns. I earned high school credit through this job and will keep it through my senior year.
Marquise: I graduated this June and am scheduled to enter the Marine Corps in September. I have never spoke in front of a group of people or nor have I ever been to a place like the Great Wolf Lodge. My biggest fear was to publically speak and I was not going to compete because of my fear. I went to the completion and decided to compete in public speaking at the last minute. I won a silver medal. During my time with JWG I was an expected father to be. I received a lot of support from my JWG specialist. I graduated and I am now a proud father of a daughter named Karen.
Vitaliy: I have never been outside of Tacoma for a vacation or a field trip like the Great Wolf Lodge. It was a chance for me to dress up and compete against my peers. I was able to perform well enough to win a silver medal. My specialist prepared me for the conference and also prepared me to become employable this summer. I received a job with the City of Tacoma through the Summer Jobs 253 program. I’m looking to stay employed through my senior year.
Erika: Being pregnant in high school is difficult. Going to the Great Wolf Lodge was a great experience. JWG and my specialist was very supportive and I learned a lot from the time we spent together. I graduated and had my baby. I am planning to go back to work at Safeway and continue my education at Tacoma Community College. My specialist was also my worksite learning coordinator and the credit I earned helped me graduate.