Graduation Cap and Tassel
The Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) provided comprehensive support services to a former foster youth, helping the young mother overcome barriers that could derail her path to college graduation.

Three years ago, Tiffany, 25, had exited foster care and was struggling to provide for her twin boys. She said she was drifting without a plan when she experienced a major loss. Her sons were taken away.

“Instead of dwelling on something that’s negative, I decided to turn it into a positive,” she said. “I had to get it together, and I knew I had to do everything right.”

Tiffany resolved to pursue a career in social work.

She moved into her own apartment and started a two-year program to gain the skills and credentials necessary to obtain a postsecondary education, all while pregnant with her third child.

Tiffany received support from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD). Tiffany connected with a CRCD college navigator who helped Tiffany line up low-cost child care and develop a step-by-step plan that would enable Tiffany to transition back to school once she returned from maternity leave.

CRCD “has really pushed me and made me realize who I am as a person, so I can stay motivated in school,” Tiffany said. “Education is important, and it’s something nobody can ever take from you.”
Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, operated by Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD)

Tiffany gave birth to a healthy baby boy and re-enrolled in classes at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. She is applying to four-year universities in the area and aiming to transfer in 2018. Once she earns her degree, Tiffany says she hopes to work for a foster care agency. She credits the unwavering support she receives from CRCD for her success.

“When I am having a bad day and don’t feel like being in school, I can reach out for help,” she said. “Everything has been better, and having that extra support has made all the difference.” Tiffany’s advice to other young people facing tough circumstances? “You’re never stuck. You just have to be willing to make that change.”

Positive changes continue for Tiffany. She was reunited with her twin boys.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 12/18/2017. Read this issue and more.