"My high school summer job prepared me for Dartmouth and my career."
Preparing the Future Workforce Angela Dunnham—Future Workforce Star 2009—was celebrated for her leadership and personal commitment at the June 2009 Workforce Stars breakfast. Angela is an outstanding youth leader, but it didn't start out that way. Angela's mother had a history of drug abuse and her father is estranged. She had moved around and lived with various relatives while growing up. As a result, she started fights at school and was disciplined more than once. She could have continued on a rocky path, but after connecting with Capital Workforce Partners' Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program, she has chosen a more successful pathway to her future. She found great mentors and coaches in Capital Workforce Partners' Althea Webber, with Vicki Gallon-Clark and Lee Hunt, who led her youth employment program at Blue Hills Civic Association. She fully developed her career competencies and was a model program participant. Angela has shared her story at numerous training forums and continues to be an outspoken advocate for youth employment programs at the State Capitol. She was the editor of her high school newspaper, held successful internships at Aetna, The Travelers and at Blue Hills. Angela leads by example. She has now gone on to Dartmouth College, hopes to continue to shape public policy in the future and pursue her career dreams.