Ready for the Future
After graduating from Camden Academy Charter High School in 2015, Shaneka Dixon held down several jobs at places like Target and Panera Bread, but she wanted more stability. When she became a mother in September 2018, she became even more motivated to establish a better life for her and her daughter, Sarayah.
Shaneka joined PowerCorps Camden after hearing about the program from a friend. She was particularly interested in the education award since she had an interest in pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse.
Since joining PowerCorps, Shaneka completed several credential trainings, made lots of new friends, and has become much more personable. She has also acquired personal skills that she believes will transfer beyond PowerCorps.
“I am now OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] and CPR certified. I am also a better presenter and public speaker since coming to PowerCorps,” Shaneka said. “These are good skills to have once I leave PowerCorps.”
Recognizing the value of her PowerCorps experience, Shaneka is quick to encourage others to consider being a part of PowerCorps.
“PowerCorps can help you with things like your education, child care and getting your [driver’s] license,” Shaneka said. “There is nothing PowerCorps can’t help you with if you let them know.”
“I have seen people come here with nothing - they came here walking and now they have their driver’s license, a car and a job,” Shaneka said. “That’s really something.”
Shaneka is looking forward to being a part of the 8th cohort as a Lead Crew Member and acquiring new skills that will take her to new heights.
PowerCorps Camden is positioned to ensure Shaneka and individuals like her, can succeed at anything they put their mind to.