May 16, 2008
A path to success

Nine years ago, Yolanda Eaton was an unemployed single mother raising her then 4-year-old daughter and living in a shelter run by the Pine Street Inn. Today, she enjoys a successful career as a clinical laboratory assistant in the MGH Core Lab and shares a comfortable Dorchester apartment with her now teenage daughter. Among the resources Eaton used on her path to success was the job readiness program Project RISE (Reaching Individuals Striving for Success), sponsored by the Partners Community Benefit Program. On April 1, she shared her experiences with the program at a Pine Street Inn event at the Park Plaza Hotel.

eaton and meninoEaton first learned of Project RISE — the precursor to today's Partners Career and Workforce Development (PCWD) pre-employment program, which began in 2003 — in 1999 after noticing an announcement at a local agency on a bulletin board. She immediately signed up for the seven-week program, completing training in resume writing, interview skills, workplace etiquette, computer programs and other employment readiness skills. Upon completion of the course, Eaton landed a position in the MGH Core Lab, the position she holds to this day. Today, the PCWD program has expanded to include an internship component, and Eaton recently volunteered to mentor a new intern with the support of her supervisor, Patricia Hopewell.

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SHARING THE JOY: Eaton with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

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