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The Heartland Works youth program has a huge impact on the lives of the youth served. Links to a few of the powerful stories of success are listed below.
 
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Program Year 2012 Success Stories – 8/30/13

Amanda
The Challenge
Amanda came to the WIA youth program as a teen parent with a young child.  The sole provider for her child, Amanda – who lacked a high school diploma, was having a difficult time.  She struggled with self-esteem and confidence to pursue her goals of completing her education and finding employment.
The WFC Solution
Workforce Center Labor Exchange staff provided Amanda with workforce information services and customized resume assistance.  With the help of her Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Provider, Amanda received tutoring and educational enrichment activities.  Her WIA provider also connected her to a paid work experience in a field Amanda was interested in pursuing and worked with Amanda on completing financial aid applications for further education and training.  Amanda’s youth provider also worked with her on personal finance and budgeting skills to help her plan and provide for herself and her son.
The Outcome
Amanda obtained her GED with the help of the WIA program and completed cosmetology school with her own resources outside of the WIA grant.  At the time she left the WIA program, she was working full-time as a hair stylist.
Customer Testimonial
“This work experience has changed not only my life, but my son’s life.” – Amanda

Naseasha
The Challenge
Naseasha was 19, pregnant and a high school dropout when she came to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program.  With very limited work history and no diploma, Naseasha needed the assistance of the WIA Youth Program for both educational tutoring and work experience.
The WFC Solution
Naseasha worked with a WIA Youth Provider on educational enrichment activities and leadership development lessons.  These services helped Naseasha stay on track to obtain her GED.  In addition, Naseasha gained world of work awareness and life skills training.  While in the WIA Youth Program, Naseasha had the opportunity to receive paid work experiences with a local retailer to learn customer service skills.
The Outcome
Naseasha successfully completed her GED and her work experience.  With the WIA Youth Provider’s help, she relocated to another state and got enrolled in classes at a local community college.  Naseasha also obtained a full-time job as a retail clerk.

Wyatt
The Challenge
Wyatt was a sophomore in special education when he came to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program.  With no prior work history, Wyatt needed the assistance of the WIA Youth Program for both educational tutoring and work experience.
The WFC Solution
Wyatt worked with a WIA Youth Provider on educational enrichment activities and leadership development lessons.  These services helped Wyatt stay engaged in school and on track to obtain his high school diploma.  In addition, he gained world of work awareness and life skills training.  While in the WIA Youth Program, Wyatt had the opportunity to receive paid work experiences with the school district and a local health/fitness employer.
The Outcome
Wyatt graduated from high school and went on to pursue post-secondary education.  He is involved in a leadership program at his university and is a videographer for the school’s football team.  Wyatt applied for and received a scholarship to attend school.