Ty “didn’t have the greatest childhood” and found herself moving from home to home, in and out of foster care. She described herself as rebellious in her teenage years, as she often got into trouble.
Young, alone, without means of transportation, desperate for a change, she moved to Raleigh.
Ty heard about StepUp from her mother and decided to give it a shot.
Ty completed StepUp’s Employment Week and StepUp helped her find employment. She started working at a local grocery store within walking distance of her apartment.
Ambitious and wanting to learn, Ty asked her grocery store manager to cross-train her so she could be competitive for a management position.
Ty joined StepUp’s year-long Life Skills Program. She bonded with her mentors as they helped her make a plan to achieve her personal, professional, and financial goals.
Ty said, “Everything that I learned through StepUp on how to approach different jobs, step outside my comfort zone, to stop living in fear, I took heed of that. And then I just went to get something better for myself.”
Today, Ty is in a management position at a local retailer, with plans to be on the executive team. She shared with us that she regularly uses the skills taught at StepUp to empower and train her team.
In her free time she enjoys exercising, fashion, and blogging. She attends the StepUp Alumni Program twice a month and participates in Toastmasters.
Ty left StepUp feeling confident and determined. YOU can help someone else do the same.