Sharing Jailene’s story:
“My name is Jailene. This is my son Zion. I’m 23 years old. During my journey of returning back to school, I faced many challenging situations. I had ended up in and out of homes not knowing where my child and I would sleep the next day. I always wanted to continue my education. I just didn’t know where to start. Working part-time as a driver was the only way I supported the family and I was nearly homeless.
Currently I am studying a certificate program in Cyber Security at Cambridge College in Boston. The opportunity to connect with Fenway CDC helped me make hard decisions whether to work, to study, or which bills to pay. During some of the darkest moments of my life, I called Fenway CDC and their staff welcomed me to their office to have a conversation. They gave me advice and assistance on ways to tackle life problems. Through their food access program, I receive free nutritious food.
My dream is to be a business owner and successfully raise my son to be a healthy and happy person. Thanks to Fenway CDC’s IT/Tech program, I received career counseling, support services, and a $2,000 education stipend.” –