Student Success Story
Submitted By: Colton/Redlands/Yucaipa ROP
Foster Student Gets Funding and Job Placement
Justin was put into foster care as a teen after experiencing a violent home life and turning to the streets and drug use as a way to cope. Life in group homes presented more unique challenges. Despite the difficult road, Justin knew that he was responsible for his own life and began to turn himself around. He graduated from high school at age 16 thanks to Assembly Bill 167 – a graduation requirement accommodation available only to foster youth.
Justin’s case worker brought him to CRY-ROP to see what training programs might be available. He had already completed high school, but would remain in the group home until age 18. CRY-ROP’s Director of Student Services introduced Justin to staff in Operation MONEY, the WIA Youth Program at CRY-ROP. She knew that the additional services provided by the WIA Youth Program would help Justin be successful. He completed the enrollment packet for Operation MONEY and registered for CRY-ROP’s Pharmacy Technician program.
CRY-ROP provided Justin’s career technical training as an in-kind contribution and WIB funding covered textbooks, supplies, uniforms and transportation. As a part of the program, Justin received paid work experience which led to a permanent job offer. He is currently working the retail part of the pharmacy store. Once he turns 18 years old, he will be eligible to work in the pharmacy section.