Success Stories

Determination Through Life Challenges

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Anisha Sharp has overcome many obstacles in her life, including being homeless for most of her childhood. Despite her challenges, Sharp has pursued her goals with determination. As a participant in the Team Work program, Sharp determined a career pathway and gained valuable skills through the paid Work Experience component as she worked to complete requirements for high school graduation. Even during her participation in the Youth program, Sharp faced serious obstacles to overcome due to her decision to drop out of high school. She decided to return to school at Madison High Early College. The WIA staff and Madison Team Work provided Sharp with a network of guidance, counseling, and tutoring. They also helped her with her transportation, food, clothing, and personal hygiene needs. Sharp received extra support through the one-on-one mentoring component.  She was employed at Mars Hill Early Childhood Education Center, which led her to direct her career goals toward working with children in some capacity. While she met all of her high school graduation requirements in June 2013, Sharp continued to attend Madison High Early College in order to take online classes through A-B Tech Community College.