“I never had a job before I came here. So that was a challenge for me, getting up in the morning. Sometimes I wasn’t in the mood, but my workshop group always got me in the mood.”
Ledamien, 24, came to Rubicon Programs at the suggestion of his parole officer for help finding a job, but he had little hope that anything would come of it. As a young, black, formerly incarcerated man, he struggled to find a place in his community and felt ostracized from mainstream society.
With ample support from Rubicon staff and his workshop peers, Ledamien’s outlook on his future began to change. He learned practical skills to secure employment, such as developing a resume and writing a cover letter. One of his favorite workshops focused on interview skills, and addressed important issues such as how to dress for an interview, professional communication, and how to answer interview questions.
Ledamien’s hard work and perseverance paid off when he landed a job at a local company, and Rubicon’s transitional employment program. He is an active participant in ongoing programming.
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