Five years ago, I was homeless, living in a youth shelter and wandering the city streets. Remember the huge ice storm that hit Toronto in December of 2013? Well, I was homeless during that time. The stigma that homelessness carried, where people avoided you like the plague, or treated you like a criminal was, at times, crushing. I knew that I wanted more for myself, that I had potential and I made a commitment to start working towards changing my life.
I spent the next two years or so bouncing around different social service agencies and participating in different pre-employment programs to no avail. That’s when I found out about NPower Canada. At that point, I figured I had nothing to lose so I applied.
Traditional education systems didn’t work for me. I was disengaged, distracted and unmotivated. NPower Canada was different. Different in the sense that I was invigorated and engaged. A program where the staff focused on what was best for the students, not just what was best for the program.
The staff focused on giving students opportunity, the opportunity to learn, to grow, to provide them the tools needed to succeed in the work environment. They provide guidance, support, and motivation each and every day.
When I completed the NPower Canada program I started working as an IT Intern with the City of Toronto. I learned so much during my 12-week internship. It really prepared me to take the next step in my career. In May 2017, I started working as a Service Desk Analyst at Compugen. I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many great people, including a lot of other NPower Canada alumni and have worked my way up to being a supervisor!”