The Women's Foundation Core Grant Making Program

Feb 6, 2013

Job Readiness through Education

Alejandra in front of HER store
Alejandra in front of HER store

Meet Alejandra.  Alejandra’s desire to obtain her GED at DeNeuville Learning Center was the first step to opening a store for the Hispanic community. As a mother of five children, Alejandra’s goal meant finding a GED program offering childcare. DeNeuville was able to meet that need, helping Alejandra to get her GED and her A+ computer technician certification.

Because of Alejandra’s determination and the support of DeNeuville, her dream is a reality as Novedades Reynoso, which sells an assortment of convenience store products along with specialty items for baptisms, birthdays, and weddings. Alejandra even makes some items by hand.

Ultimately, Alejandra says, “Although I dropped out of school, by returning to DeNeuville for my GED, I hoped my children would learn the value of education.”

Now, Alejandra’s oldest daughter is studying at Wellesley College, and her younger children are intent on following their mother’s example of working hard to achieve their dreams.

DeNeuville Learning Center has been a Grantee Partner with the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis for seven years.  This year, your donations provided funding for the Job Readiness and Career Development Challenge Program. 

Job Readiness and Career Development Challenge provides opportunities for 200 women who are unemployed or work in minimum wage jobs, have very limited resources for self-improvement and/or have mental health problems or low self-esteem.

The program advances job readiness through basic education, GED achievement, literacy skills, career development and  self-esteem building, leading to better employment opportunities, self-confidence and social and economic independence.

DeNeuville Learning Center  empowered one woman who then contributed to the success of her family and community.


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Project Leader

Ruby Bright

Executive Director
Memphis, TN United States

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