A Single Mother Finds Success Through ReSOURCE YouthBuild


A Single Mother Finds Success Through ReSOURCE YouthBuild

 

 

Crystal Capron hoped for a brighter future for herself and her daughter. A twenty-two year-old single mom and high school drop-out, she sought a means to an end of her dead-end waitressing job, but most jobs paying a living wage required at least a high school diploma. After hearing about ReSOURCE’s YouthBuild program through a friend, Crystal quickly made contact with Barre’s ReSOURCE YouthBuild Program Director, Jess Greig, expressing interest in what the program provided for its students. In fourteen months, she was able to learn job skills and obtain her OSHA 10, PACT, and CPR & First Aid Certifications, all in addition to completing the prerequisites in attaining her High School Diploma.

 

Crystal graduated YouthBuild on June 1st, 2013, and is now the Office Administrator at rbTechnologies, an IT solution-based company providing client-tailored networking and communications infrastructure in East Montpelier, Vermont.

 

Initially drawn to ReSOURCE and YouthBuild for their 10-month construction and solar installation job skills training, Crystal was surprise to find they offered far more. “YouthBuild does not only earn you your high school diploma, all these certificates, all this on-the-job training,” she says, “but YouthBuild also teaches you better life skills." She learned the importance of punctuality, time management, and workplace etiquette, all of which she attributes to the guidance of the staff at YouthBuild.

 

Those “soft skills” helped Crystal land the job at rbTechnologies. “Of all the candidates who applied for the job,” says Steve Gilman, the company’s Network Operations Manager, “Crystal was the only one who followed up after the interview.”

 

Crystal places a large emphasis on the support system YouthBuild provided for her and her family throughout the program. In a four-year-long battle for custody of her daughter, ultimately successful, YouthBuild provided a letter of completion to vouch for Crystal, and the program’s transition coordinator, Emily MacFadyen, drove Crystal five hours to an early-morning hearing in New York. “It’s that kind of support,” Crystal says, “that is more than anyone could ask for.”

 

It is this kind of relationship and investment in its students that Jess Greig and YouthBuild strive for in developing successful graduates. Crystal experienced medical and health difficulties which extended her program to fourteen months, but at no point did Jesse and the YouthBuild staff leave her without that established support structure. Since her graduation, YouthBuild continues to provide career services and guidance on an interpersonal level.

 

Attributing her success to the support from ReSOURCE and the YouthBuild program, Crystal fears the missed opportunity of those who aspire the same dream. She recommends YouthBuild to all young women or men wishing to achieve success and build better lives for themselves.

 

“YouthBuild has given me a family - One that I have never had!”

 

ReSOURCE YouthBuild is supported by ReSOURCE’s Social Enterprise Earned Income, as well as donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals.

 

In 2014, the Vermont Women’s Fund granted $10,000 to ReSOURCE YouthBuild for the support of two young women who are currently enrolled in the program.