When Juan entered Angels Gate Continuation High School he was short on credits to graduate and did not have a focused path on what he would do after high school. With a staff of 3 instructors at that school, Sharefest instructors opened applications for students who needed guidance and wanted a mentor; Juan saw the value and applied.

Since college was never a part of Juan’s interests, and he always wanted to work in construction, our Sharefest Instructors supported him as he applied for a pre-apprenticeship with Hire LAX. Juan was realizing that his career dream, to become a superintendent of construction, was underway.

“To the mentors of Sharefest I want to say thank you, they’ve really helped me a lot. I’m glad I met Miss, Phonyta, Miss Laura, and Mr Neil.” -Juan C. 

Juan now works Monday – Friday from 4:00 AM – 12:00 PM as a carpenter at LAX. His story is one of many success stories that we are able to experience thanks to our donors. Juan is on an upward economic path toward his dream of being a superintendent. With your donations, Sharefest is able to fund mentors who directly impact the futures of students like Juan.

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About Sharefest: 

Sharefest builds hope and pathways to economic success for youth facing significant barriers. Serving over 300 youth a year, their primary work takes place inside LAUSD Continuation High Schools from Wilmington to Watts. Sharefest students participate in college and career courses that accelerate earning the credits they desperately need to graduate. The Sharefest team mentors and provides students with the necessary skills, support, and connections to achieve their career and college goals. After high school graduation, youth continue to receive support, guidance, and mentoring as they enter into the workforce or community college. Sharefest’s work with youth is partially funded by facilitating service projects for area businesses who want to give back to their surrounding communities.