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Meet Anthony

“Join the Corps! It will change the way you see the world.” That’s the best advice Corpsmember Anthony can give to young adults out there looking for their next step. After almost two years at the Corps, not only has Anthony’s view of the world changed, but he has also changed how he views himself.

Anthony, 20, joined the Corps at the suggestion of his brother who was also a Corpsmember. But he had all his family on his mind when he signed up. “I wanted to help my parents. My stepdad was the only one working in our household and I felt it was my responsibility.”

And while the wages he has earned in the program have been a huge help, the technical and life skills have meant just as much. He has worked on a variety of projects and is now tackling an administrative job at one of our sites.

“The Corps helped me take off my shyness,” he shares as he thinks about what comes after the Corps. “Who wouldn’t like someone who is confident.” Anthony has been practicing his networking skills as he gets ready to go back to school.

Last summer, Anthony and several other members of his household contracted COVID-19. It was a particularly stressful time as he struggled to keep it away from his younger sister who is immunocompromised. Anthony recovered and his sister stayed healthy, and the experience has strengthened his positive attitude and pursuit of his goals. This winter, he learned that two of his aunts had passed away, but his grief is tempered by his determination.

“Always have a goal. It’s going to drive you every day to go to work.”

“I’ve learned a lot at the Corps already: responsibility, team work, taking initiative, and that sometimes you have to carry the whole team on your back. You have to put in 100% effort.” – Ka’Jane, Corpsmember

“I’d like to tell a lot of young people to join the Corps. It will help you change.” – Diego, Corpsmember

“Now I can repay the community by doing something to help out people with the Corps. I like what we do and I feel like I’m making a difference.” – Anthony, Corpsmember

“When I look back, I wasn’t going anywhere good,” Valerie shares. “I didn’t have any role models in my life to look up to. The Corps has been like a family to me and helped me to mature.  Now I feel like I am part of something special.” – Valerie, Corpsmember

“Every day I am thankful that the LA Corps gave me a fair chance to start a new life!” – Damontre, Corpsmember

“The Corps really helped me build up my leadership abilities. Looking back, it impacted me in so many ways. And it has helped so many young people. Who knows what their situation would have been without the Corps. – Jasmin, Alumnae Corpsmember