Career Specialist Madyson Senior reports on her customer. “In September 2023, Jemma began receiving Man-Tra-Con services as a youth customer through Workforce Investment & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Supplemental Grant funding. She was also enrolled at ECHO Alternative School to earn her high school diploma. During her time at ECHO, Jemma received cash incentives from Man-Tra-Con for attendance and completing classes, as well as a transportation allowance,” Madyson reports.

“In March 2024, after Jemma had graduated from Project ECHO and needed a part-time job, she enrolled in a paid Work Experience Program (WEP) at the American Job Center in Marion, Illinois. The work experience allowed Jemma ‘bulk-up’ her resume, and get paid while developing skills for future employment,” Madyson explains.

“Jemma’s WEP ended in June 2024. This fall, Jemma plans to enroll in the Cosmetology program at John A. Logan College,” Madyson adds.

“Watching Jemma go through our Youth program and succeed has been such a joy and I’m sure that her future will be nothing short of incredible,” Madyson says.

Jemma has this to say about the assistance she received from Man-Tra-Con. “I have benefitted from Man-Tra-Con from the help they’ve given me with schooling and the motivation I needed to complete school. I finished my classes early, I’ve gotten two scholarships, and I’m about to start my first year of college this fall. Although the program I’m going into Man-Tra-Con cannot fund, they are still helping me every step of the way and I am so grateful for that. I just hope that more kids that are in a tough situation can receive the resources they provide, the help that they can give from helping you sign up for SNAP to helping you get a degree in science. Man-Tra-Con has truly provided a lot for me and I truly appreciate them,” Jemma says.