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Nandia’s Story

A southern native who still doesn’t love the cold, Nandia moved to Chicago in 2011 with her mom after her aunt got sick. After graduating high school and losing her aunt, Nandia headed back to the south and eventually returned to Chicago with a baby in tow.

Her mom recommended the Job Training program at New Moms. Nandia called and asked what she needed, came for orientation, and entered the July cohort. “I’ve had really good, positive vibes since I started this program.”

Nandia took a break from Bright Endeavors while she found daycare for her daughter. Despite a break and a two hour commute, Nandia returned to the job training program and working at Bright Endeavors. Nandia came back for the professional skills training, having other moms to share stories about motherhood with, and the mock interviews and resume help. “It [this program] has changed my spirit.”

Nandia will graduate in December from the job training program, has a secured job at UPS, and is enrolled to go back to school in January. “If you have big dreams, just follow them.”