Gary is a 19 year old who lives at home with his mom and brother. He tested low on reading and lacked work experience. He joined AACF’s youth program in 2015 because he wanted to develop his skills, find a job, and make a better life for himself. Gary’s obstacles were common ones for young people, including limited work history, lack of job skills and work ethics, all of which are barriers to employment. Upon completion of his career cluster assessment, we determined Gary’s skills were congruent with working in the business sector, so we placed Gary at State Farm Insurance Company for his paid work experience. Gary enrolled in the necessary classes, acquired his insurance license, and State Farm hired him as a full-time insurance agent making $12 per hour, plus a commission.

Update!: As of 9/3/2016 Gary was promoted to supervisor of the Vehicle Loans Department!

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