Our recent hire Nicole Isabelo is a prime example of someone giving back to the community the support they have received themselves. Last fall, Nicole was eager to find work for both the experience and money. Through the Department of Social Services, she was referred to an internship program that provides at-risk young adults who have no work experience with work behavior skills and a reference for future paid employment.
Through a partnership between CalWorks, the South Bay Workforce Investment Board and The Campbell Center, Nicole completed a six-month internship as a job coach in our Supported Employment Program (SEP).
Throughout her internship, our staff worked closely with Nicole to train her to work with our Associates throughout their entire employment journey. When she learned how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities faced barriers to employment like lack of resources, transportation, and knowledge to get their foot in the door, she found that their situation isn’t that different from where she was before her internship.
Because of that similarity and her enthusiasm, Nicole blossomed in her internship and has fostered a genuine connection with the Associates she works with. She is patient and encouraging with them, whether they are working on communicating with their bosses, or celebrating clocking out successfully with a high five.
“It’s been a great learning experience to participate in the whole process of getting an Associate a job to helping them succeed at it,” said Nicole. “Every Associate and every employer have different needs, and I’ve enjoyed observing and working in many different workplaces.”
In the future, she plans to continue learning and growing within SEP and hopes to study psychology and behavioral analysis to learn even more about the industry.
We’re so glad to have watched you grow, Nicole. Thank you for paying it forward to our Associates.
TCC Job Coach, Nicole