“I’d rather stand tall than live on my knees ‘cause I’m a conqueror and I won’t accept defeat.”
These powerful words from a song featured on the hit television show, Empire, became the celebration cry for more than 120 Job Corps graduates, as they walked across the stage on Aug. 28, 2015.The ceremony featured each student and a personal accomplishment which brought them to that moment.
The inaugural class of the Digital Learning Academy graduated on Sept. 12, 2015. After six months of intense training, including eight hour days, rigorous class instruction and hands-on experience, graduates celebrated their accomplishments with friends and family. During the ceremony, inspiring speeches were delivered by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Ian O’Donnell of Xerox, Kellie Johnson of Ace Clearwater and Lisa Cagnolatti of Southern California Edison and YWCA Greater Los Angeles Board Chairwoman.
Ms. O’Hara joined YWCA Greater Los Angeles team as Donor Relations and Events Coordinator in December 2013. In July 2015, she was promoted to Development Manager. Ms. O’Hara brings a wealth of experience to the organization from working within rigorous corporate marketing and sales environments to dedicating years within the nonprofit sector for organizations such as, The Special Olympics and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
Actively Pursuing Our Mission to Empower
The YWCA Greater Los Angeles is actively involved in many aspects of the community in the pursuit of our mission to empower. Enjoy this collection of stories highlighting the impact and outreach we are cultivating in the community.
The YWCA Greater Los Angeles Programs team led by Sharon Shelton, Vice President Empowerment Services, works to provide much-needed, relevant programs and services to the community. We focus on breaking down barriers to self-reliance and strengthening communities and families.
The following report is a mid-year review, looking back over the accomplishments within our four main programs: Workforce Development, Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Child Development and Senior Engagement.
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