BENEFITING: Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
ORGANIZER: Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
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Think back to the defining moment that set your life on the path toward success. Who or what influenced that moment?
For Alejandro Rivera, it was stepping through the doors of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow for the first time.
Like many disconnected teenagers in New York City, Alejandro Rivera fell behind in his course work and dropped out of high school. Shortly after, he received unexpected news that he was going to be a father at 19. Determined to provide a better life for his family, Alejandro came to OBT with the goal of one day working at a bank.
Immediately, Alejandro responded positively to the structure and discipline OBT provided, something missing from his experience in high school. “It was a boot camp for job training that helped me get back on the right track,” cited Alejandro.
He excelled in the program, obtaining his GED, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification and the National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification. He learned and benefited the most, however, from his counselors who coached him through the soft skills that he struggled with in high school. “My counselor, Mr. Ronquillo, could relate to me and offered me good advice on how to deal with situations. He always had the right words at the right time so I would not give up on myself,” explains Alejandro.
Using the skills he acquired at OBT, Alejandro landed a job at Chase Bank.
This year be the someone that defines that moment for others just like Alejandro.
During OBT's Give Success Holiday Challenge, we ask you to be the change that starts our young people on the path to success. Every dollar raised will go toward OBT's job training and education programs, which make positive change in the lives of over 3,000 disadvantaged, disconnected, and immigrant youth and adults each year.
$50 will provide a homeless participant with a care package, complete with grooming and personal care products.
$100 will provide a participant with their own suit.
$250 will provide 25 participants with a GED book.
$500 will sponsor one participant’s specialty certification.
$1,000 will sponsor one adult for 20 weeks of literacy or English as a second language classes.
$2,500 will sponsor 7 weeks of job training for one young adult
$7,500 will sponsor one young adult’s entire 22 week training, including books, supplies, clothes, certifications, and classes
The mission of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is to help disadvantaged youth and adults recognize their own self-worth, and advance towards self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life skills, job placement, and support services. Read more about our mission here.
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is a 501c3 charitable organization, and your contribution is 100% tax deductible.