“I felt at home. I knew that I was meant to do this once I noticed I was excelling,” said graduate Ivan Alvarado.
After an eight-year military career, Tresia Eaves had earned the rank of captain with the U.S. Air Force. She had gone from being the primary breadwinner for her family to looking for a new job. Through her work with nonprofit NPower, she links veterans and their spouses with local technology professionals, helping them de-militarize their resumes and find professional training skills.
Today, on World Youth Skills Day, we are highlighting three organizations: Digital Divide Data, NPower and Girls in Tech, who dedicated to equipping youth and young adults with the skills needed to be successful in a changing global economy, and also sharing AWS programs that help build a pipeline of tech talent for the future.
Naafee Rone has only a high-school diploma. That left the 23-year old from Baltimore’s east side to bounce between short-term jobs, including cleaning airplanes and working fast-food counters. Last year, he left the labor force to receive about five months of job training from NPower, a nonprofit serving young adults. After an internship, he was hired this year as a support analyst at Port Networks. He earns $17.50 an hour, more than he did at those prior gigs,
and works in an office tower overlooking the city’s Inner Harbor.
BALTIMORE – For high school graduates, the big question is what’s next?
If the answer isn’t college, finding the next step can be overwhelming. To help combat the stress, local programs are giving Baltimore students the opportunity to gain job experience while connecting employers with qualified young talent.