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Program Highlights

Frank Elizalde is originally from Las Cruces, NM and was looking for opportunities in a larger city.  He was out of school and in need of employment and place to stay. That is when he reached out to YDI Casa Hermosa in July of 2014.  He was accepted into Casa Hermosa and began to work on his long term goal of obtaining a college degree.  Casa Hermosa provides a residence for homeless youth and offers various transitional living services to include life and social skills training, case management, counseling and therapy and referrals to educational and job training services.

Then, Frank was referred to the YDI
GED program to complete his education and attended classes regularly to prepare for his GED test. The GED program provides self-paced individualized classes to youth in need of completing their secondary education. In addition to GED preparation, Frank received valuable training to strengthen his work readiness skills by completing the Workforce Literacy program which provides students the opportunity to develop a resume, learn how to job search and apply for jobs, and prepare for the Workkeys assessment that grants a NM Career Readiness Certificate used to obtain employment.

Soon after, Frank applied for the
YDI YouthBuild program that would not only allow him to continue to prepare for his GED test to obtain his High School Equivalency Credential, but also provided training and paid work experience in the construction and home building industry.  Frank was accepted into the first YDI YouthBuild cohort. As part of the YDI YouthBuild program, Frank was also dual enrolled into the YDI WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Program and gained valuable work experience and paid training at the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity worksite where he assisted with the construction and building of homes for low-income families.

In March 2015, Frank earned his High School Equivalency Credential and completed the program.

Frank’s initial goal was to continue his education to obtain a college degree. Frank began classes at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) in the Fall of 2015 and continues to receive wrap around services from Casa Hermosa, YDI YouthBuild, and WIA.  With the help from all programs, Frank was accepted to CNM, completed his FASFA financial aid and the CNM new student orientation.  He is still undecided on what he wants to study, but he is excited about having the opportunity to further his education. Frank is highly motivated and has learned the skills needed to become self-sufficient.  He truly took advantage of every opportunity that was presented to him through YDI and utilized many programs and services that all worked together to help him reach his goals.

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