Chris Holman gets a chance to talk with Lansing School District graduate and CAMW! success story Dameika Merriwether. Every year, Capital Area Michigan Works! recognizes success stories, and Damieka was selected to share her story.
Damieka was able to overcome obstacles with the help of the WIOA Youth Program and partners, such as Cristo Rey Community Center, in order to achieve her goals. Dameika entered the foster care system at 13 years old and has been on a quest to break through the stereotypes and challenges associated with being a foster child. She since has spents years as a youth program assistant at Lansing’s Cristo Rey Community Center through the Capital Area Michigan Works!/Lansing School District Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program.
The purpose of the WIOA Youth program is to assist young people, ages 14-24, who face significant barriers to success in the labor market by providing resources and support to overcome those barriers and successfully transition to being self-sufficient in adulthood.
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