A shot at success
Nate’s life changed in the blink of a shutter—thanks to an innovative United Way social enterprise that helps youth facing barriers find work in the creative industries.
Growing up, Nate Scott struggled to picture his future. He had a passion for photography, but like many young people, he was at risk of falling between the cracks. “I was scared for my future,” admits Nate. But with help from donors like you, Nate connected with an innovative social enterprise that helps talented youth who face barriers land work in the creative industries—just one way United Way works to put young people on the path to a promising future. Today, Nate is working for big-brand clients and hopes his experience can empower others. “I want to be a role model who shows other young black photographers success is achievable,” he says.
A United Way education-to-employment initiative gave Olissa the academic credentials and job-readiness skills she needed to find a meaningful career—and long-term economic stability for her family.
A future that works
Life as a single mom wasn’t easy for Olissa Powell. At 25, she was unemployed and struggling to care for her two young children. “I needed help to better support my family,” says Olissa. Thankfully, because of your generosity, she connected with a United Way education-to-employment initiative that helps youth facing barriers find meaningful jobs and long-term economic stability. Today, Olissa has a job that she loves—she’s a full-time production assistant at Lush Cosmetics where she has plans to work her way up within the company. “My life has completely changed,” she says. “I feel secure in my future and am so happy I can provide for my kids in a way I never thought possible.”
Thanks to your generosity, Vinosan connected with a United Way Community Hub, tapping into vital opportunities for self-improvement and empowerment.
A United Way Community Hub unites youth
Vinosan Manoharan knows the realities facing youth: a lack of employment and housing, too much addiction and crime. “Many youth simply don’t feel safe,” he says. But, thanks to your generosity, Vinosan found a welcoming place with a range of vital opportunities for empowerment, such as job-search support, assistance with personal issues and food-prep workshops. What’s more, he found all of these services under one roof—a Community Hub, an integral part of United Way’s work in ensuring youth have access to the supports they need to thrive. Today, Vinosan doesn’t live as close to the Hub, but says the trip is worthwhile. “By coming here I’m a better version of myself.”