Ana Ibarra, 18-year-old from Inglewood, had attended College Ready Academy. She was given college level coursework and was receiving C’s, D’s and F’s, she felt there was no support for her to succeed and dropped out. Her brother informed her about the SBWIB YouthBuild program and enrolled.
At first, Ana was intimidated by having older classmates but quickly saw potential in the people and the opportunities in the program. She was active in the Policy Committee, YouthBuild’s version of ASB, where she was able to assist others, plan school events and encourage her classmates to have school spirit. Ana reflects on the growth of her leadership skills, time management skills, and communication skills during YouthBuild. She also participated in multiple service projects through AmeriCorp.
Ana has taken charge academically by reaching out to teachers and staying after school to receive one-on-one help. In addition, she has been excellent in the construction training. She has learned to work safely at the construction site. Initially she was scared of using a ladder or tools, but she has since conquered those fears and has learned that she can do what she sets her mind to. Ana has also received support from the construction trainer, creating a trust.
Ana graduated from the SBWIB YouthBuild program this past June as the valedictorian. She is currently enrolled at El Camino College and plans to transfer to UCLA after two years.