YPP Student has Bright Future Ahead of Her

The valedictorian of the December class of graduates of the Young Parent Program may be a familiar face to many. Joselyn Rivera is not only at the head of her class, completing her requirements in just six months, she has also taken an internship with the YWCA Central Massachusetts, and has been working at the front desk for several weeks.

The mother of a two year old little girl, Joselyn tried out a couple different programs before finding herself at the YWCA. “The other programs didn’t seem to offer the help I needed to succeed,” she said. “The YPP made a good first impression, and everyone I met was so kind and full of hope.”

Joselyn was very motivated from day one. The transition from stay at home mom to student was not as difficult as she expected, with the worst part being the walk from her home on Grafton Hill every day. “The support of the teachers and students is so helpful,” she explained. “We learn a lot about responsibility, and making friends with the other students keeps it fun.”

As Joselyn is quick to point out Brenda Safford, Director of the YPP, expects a lot from each student. “Brenda is a big support, and she really pushes you,” she said. “Her goal isn’t just for you to graduate and earn your GED, but to move forward after that.”

She also credits case manager, Michelle Vaudreuil with pushing her to set and reach goals. “She not only helps you get what you need and is a huge support,” Joselyn said, “But she will also push you to keep improving yourself and your situation.”

An internship at the front desk is one way Joselyn intends to keep moving forward. The experience has taught her a lot about herself and her career ambitions. “I know it is great work experience, and will look good on my resume,” she explained, “But it also showed me that I need a career where I can meet people and be social.”

Her next step will be attending Quinsigamond Community College in January. She will be taking coursework in general studies until she decides on a major.

Throughout this entire experience she credits her daughter Jazenaliz with being her main motivation. “I’m determined to set a good example and build a good future for my daughter,” she said. “I am determined to be successful, and I’m looking forward to having money to buy Christmas presents and take care of her.”


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