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Client Success Story: Daniel Sandoval Lands Job as Bank of America Relationship Manager

“As an immigrant from Venezuela, I always thought getting a good job would be hard to achieve, but deep down there was something telling me that anything could happen — if you fight for it. I came to America with a strong purpose of becoming someone, to be productive to God, my family and to…

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In Her Own Words: Bank Teller Program Participant Alexis Hill

“I initially learned about MEDA and the Bank Teller program through a brief presentation in my Accounting class last semester. I was automatically interested due to the flexibility MEDA’s Olivia Quinoñez, who runs the program, showed to student schedules. Upon attending the program, we learned about the bank field and different vocabulary, regulations and customer…

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MEDA Bilingual Bank Tellers Program Speaks to the Community

MEDA Job Coach Olivia Quiñonez knows that a bank teller position is the gateway to a successful career in the financial sector. Quiñonez’ extensive background in banking means she has the expertise — and connections — to get 18- to 34-year-olds into such jobs. Explains Quiñonez of what drives her work: “I am passionate about…

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Youth Jobs+ A Win for the Community this Summer

Ana is at Yerba Buena Alliance planning an event for 2,500 attendees. Demetrios is at Luminalt soaking up knowledge at this solar panel company. Christian spends his summer days surfing, as in gaining web marketing expertise at ROI-DNA. Yes, summer 2015 means getting much-needed employment experience. This contrasts the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of…

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Young Adult Graduates Celebrate with MEDA

Plaza Adelante was filled with youthful enthusiasm yesterday, as 10 Young Adult program graduates celebrated the successful completion of their courses. The families of clients, MEDA staff and community members were on hand to applaud the achievements of these latest cohorts. MEDA’s free programs are aimed at young adults from underserved communities, offering a path…

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Bilingual Bank Teller Graduation Speech: Angelica Colon-Chin, In Her Own Words

Hello, everyone, my name is Angelica and I hope that everyone is having a great Thursday. First, I would like to thank the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) for all the free programs they provide. Thank you, Leo Sosa, for recruiting us and always having such great energy. Thank you, Olivia Quinonez, our wonderful job…

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MEDA Workforce Development Program: Year One Goals Surpassed in Just 10 Months

“When the team was hired to launch MEDA’s new Workforce Development Program a year ago, we knew it would be challenging, but previous experiences taught us that hard work, relationships and quality are key to making it through the startup phase,” states Chris Tugwell, MEDA Workforce Manager, as he looks onto the bustling Mission Street…

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MEDA Welcomes Youths to Summer Programs

Leo Sosa woke up early Wednesday morning in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood, the fog-laden sky affording just enough light for MEDA’s Technology Training Manager to give his shoes that extra shine he desired. A couple of miles away, Job Coach Olivia Quinonez sorted through her closet to find her most professional of outfits and…

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Paying it Forward: Young Adults Teach Young Adults Dollars & Sense

When Juan Carlos started MEDA’s free, 10-week Bilingual Bank Teller Program, where 17- to 24-year-olds learn how to work in the financial sector, the last thing he thought he’d be doing at the end of the course was teaching other  young adults what he had just learned. The City College student, focusing on economics, came…

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MEDA Opens its Doors to Culinary Entrepreneur Students

Plaza Adelante, MEDA’s Mission neighborhood center, was abuzz today with the enthusiasm of youth. That’s because students from the Class of 2014 of John O’Connell High School were paying a visit to learn of free programs for young adults. The group was chaperoned by teacher Ruben Quezada. All students have been part of the school’s…

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