On November 28th 2018, we learned that three of our four applicants who applied for the New Futures Program* had been accepted and would receive generous scholarships of $7,800 each!
We were thrilled to get this news, as were the young recipients. Impressed by the amount of successful Jubilee Jobs applicants, Silvana Rueda, the Scholars Program Manager at New Futures, asked us what the “secret sauce” had been in this recent application process.
The answer was simple: Our volunteers.
On a busy Tuesday night last summer, a handful of volunteers met our applicants at 2712 Ontario Road. The volunteers lent their expertise in resume creation, submitting of applications, interviewing and essay writing. They not only helped produce the winning applications but also coached the candidates in the art of the perfect interview.
On January 31, 2019 the New Futures Scholarship Awards Dinner was held at the Waldman Marriott in Woodley Park and our three awardees – Darian Lassiter, Michael Coleman and Tsega Lemu, happily accepted their scholarships to exuberant applause.
That secret sauce that Silvana asked about contains a mixture of ingredients that we’ll continue to use – ample kindness, determination, strong faith, positive energy – and we look forward to more successes for all our applicants’ new futures.
*The New Futures Program “propels under-served young people through certifications and community college degrees and into rewarding careers.”
Sheriena Johnson came to the Jubilee Jobs orientation after learning about us at Jubilee Housing, where she currently lives. After completing our week-long job placement and preparation program, she was offered a job at Capital Bikeshare. She has been working as a Corral Attendant for more than two months now.
“I like my job, I can save, and I can go out and eat. My first goal was to find a job, I have accomplished that. My second goal was to start saving, I have started it. My third goal is to have my own apartment and keep it. I am working on my third goal.” Sheriena, who arrives at work early everyday, just learned that she may be getting promoted to a full-time “Rebalancing Checker” position during the next season.
But Sheriena isn’t waiting for a promotion to start helping others. She has been stopping by our office on a weekly basis and donating $5—$8 so that other job seekers can afford transportation and other necessities, such as shoes for an applicant’s recent interview. As she explains “ I am very thankful to Jubilee Jobs for giving me a chance and for helping me. You gotta make the best of it, don’t stop. You can always get what you had, ten times better. I could not have done this on my own without Jubilee Job’s help.”
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Getting to and from job interviews and a job itself can be a huge challenge for our applicants. Now, thanks to a new partnership, our applicants can become Capital Bikeshare members for just $5 per year. Staff members Salina, Ben and Tony at the closest Bikeshare dock to our NW office.