YouthSource participant Joslyn Hernandez, who earned her high school diploma and is on the path toward a nursing career
The Para Los Niños East Region YouthSource Center (YSC) provided ongoing support to single mother Joslyn Hernandez, helping her obtain her high school diploma and covering the cost for her to receive medical assistant training, a stepping stone to what she hopes will be a nursing career.

At PLN, Joslyn, 18, received guidance to enroll in the Accelerated College and Career Transition (ACCT) program at East Los Angeles Skills Center where she prepared for the high school equivalency exam. She achieved her goal and passed the test, and will be attending a special graduation ceremony with her PLN classmates in June.

Through PLN, Joslyn was provided with a paid internship at the Los Angeles County+USC (LAC+USC) Medical Center as a front desk assistant because of her interest in the health sector, where her supervisor was impressed with her work ethic and commitment.

Joslyn also received financial support from PLN to enroll in medical assistant training, which she is scheduled to complete in June. After graduation, she hopes to work at a clinic or hospital while also enrolling at a community college with the goal of eventually transferring to USC’s registered nurse (RN) program.

Joslyn said she is so grateful for the support that PLN and her career advisor have provided.

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of January 28, 2019. Read this issue and more.