Ranisha was a deeply involved and energetic member of the First Place community throughout her time in program. A familiar face around the office and a regular presence at workshops and events, Ranisha was always eager to share her wisdom and offer advice and encouragement to others. And at the end of her time in our program, Ranisha earned a paid internship opportunity within the organization supporting a youth-driven research project.
“Lots of programs say they help, but First Place really does,” Ranisha says. “It’s all about what you put into it. For me, it was about making connections, being able to have serious conversations and get to know people, and all the learning opportunities. Always being able to better myself.”
Ranisha’s commitment to continual learning is clear. While her apprenticeship at Adobe has opened new doors and introduced her to a new possible career path, she remains focused on completing her associate’s degree as planned.
“It’s a lot,” she admits, talking about taking on the apprenticeship while also going to school and being an attentive parent. “But it’s my last semester for my associate’s and I really want to get it done so I can focus on what’s next.”
What’s next will include more school, though Ranisha acknowledges that her approach to college may have to adjust if her apprenticeship leads to a full-time job offer, “I might not be able to keep taking classes full time like I’ve been doing, but I’ll keep going part time and working toward my bachelor’s and then my master’s.”