Ben was an 18-year-old youth in the foster care system who had no employment skills or history. He was enrolled in the WIOA Youth Program by Nine Star, a group that sourced and coordinated a Work Experience opportunity with a local employer.

Ben began working for Furniture Enterprises, but only worked for one week before suddenly quitting. The providers, however, had an established relationship with the employer, who was willing to give Ben a second chance. Ben was able to continue his Work Experience opportunity after receiving skills training, guidance, and support from his case manager.

This second chance gave Ben the opportunity to improve his performance and worth ethic. His rejuvenated approach has since led to increased hours and fulltime employment. His employer is pleased with his job performance, which is still steadily improving.

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