Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
CA Workforce Investment Board
Arthur was institutionalized at the age of 17 for assault with a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement. While serving his sentence, he quickly realized that some aspects of his life needed to change. He found the help he needed to do so through Fresno Countyâ€™s Local Conservation Corps (LCC), and since then, the former gang member has worked tirelessly to turn his life around.
Arthur enrolled in LCCâ€™s YouthBuild program. After successful completion of the YouthBuild program, during which he earned his high school diploma, he signed up for LCCâ€™s California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program at the advice of his parole officer.
Arthur has been a delegate at Green for Allâ€™s National Young Leaders Conference and part of a program where he interviews other Corps members, encouraging them to share their life stories and discuss larger issues, raising awareness. But this was only the beginning for this determined young man.
Outcomes & Benefits
From a pool of 26,000 Corps members nationally, Arthur was selected as one of six honored as The Corps Networkâ€™s 2009 Corps member of the Year. He was honored during the Annual Corps Forum in February 2009 in Washington, DC. This was an amazing opportunity because his Parole Officer had to agree to let him leave the state to receive the award.
Arthur was also recognized by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Parole Operations as Northern California Outstanding Parolee for his commitment to change and achieve success.
Reflecting on the life he thought he was destined to live and what he has achieved since his time behind bars, 21 year old Arthur grins and says, â€œI saw myself going nowhere, doing nothing and nowâ€¦ Iâ€™m doing all of these great things with my life."
Arthur dreams of one day becoming a firefighter. He is currently on the waiting list for the Fire Academy at Fresno City College. Arthur says, â€œI realize now that nothing is impossible . . . even though I cannot change my past, I am in total control of my future.â€