Program Graduates

Upon successful completion of the Job Foundation program, graduates will have:

Completed 120 financial & leadership lessons

Completed a 6-month spending plan and a 2-week meal plan

Obtained a driver’s license

Obtained at least 6 months of combined work and volunteer experience

Opened a secured loan to start a positive credit history

Completed and pass exit exam at 70% or higher

Presented a reconciled Job checkbook register

Created a spending plan for long term savings

The lessons that we have covered are purposely built to empower students to overcome key barriers that are common to breaking out of any disparity cycle such as transportation, employment, positive credit and housing. With education and experience in these areas, Job students leave the program on the path to financial security. These children have amazing families and teachers. The foundation staff, mentors and volunteers come alongside and serve as an extension of their village. Together, we continue the vision of “All People Achieving Financial Success!”

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LeTonieo Davis-Nester

East High School

Savings Accumulated in our Program: $5,120

Plans after graduation: Either get a good job or go to college

Something I’ve learned from The Job Foundation: How to save money, budget money and know my wants & needs

Something I’ve learned from my mentor: My mentor was the first person to teach me what interest is and how it works

Favorite Job Event: Playing basketball and swimming at Wellness Night, shopping trips when I was younger

Something I'm most proud of: The person I am right now

Favorite Color: Black and white

Favorite Food: Chicken

I want people to know that: I am a good person

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Kaidajaha (Kai) Greer

East High School

Savings Accumulated in our Program: $5,763

Plans after graduation: I am going to work for one year and then go to college

Something I’ve learned from The Job Foundation: I have learned about money, budgeting and impulse control. I know what to do for loans and banking in the future. 

Something I’ve learned from my mentor: My mentor volunteered with me at the Humane Society. It was especially impactful since she is not an animal lover but she still did it for me.

Favorite Job Event: Laser tag in Middle School

Something I'm most proud of: The ability I have to empathize with others and help people

Favorite Color: Green, blue, purple and red!

Favorite Food: Chicken alfredo or ice cream

Hidden Talent: I like to listen to people

I want people to know that: I am accepting of anyone no matter your age, race, sexuality, etc. You can talk to me if you need to. 

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Trinea Monroe

East High School

Savings Accumulated in our Program: $4,340

Plans after graduation: Work

Something I’ve learned from The Job Foundation: A lot about money, time management, being responsible, making payments on time

Something I’ve learned from my mentor: My mentor was there for me and guided me through it all

Favorite Job Event: Nature Day, Wellness Night and the graduation celebration

Something I'm most proud of: Finishing high school

Favorite Color: Navy blue

Favorite Food: Macaroni & Cheese

I want people to know that: I am caring, responsible and independent

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Tiffany Nieman

East High School

Savings Accumulated in our Program: $3,698

Plans after graduation: Becoming a labor and delivery nurse or starting a business

Something I’ve learned from The Job Foundation: How to manage money, save and spend

Something I’ve learned from my mentor: My mentor made me believe in myself and set high goals

Favorite Job Event: Nature Day and Wellness Night

Something I'm most proud of: My determination

Favorite Color: Black

Favorite Food: Steak

Hidden Talent: I can play the flute

I want people to know that: I have overcome a lot in my life

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Marshay Polk

East High School

Savings Accumulated in our Program: $3,515

Plans after graduation: Attend Hawkeye Community College and study Liberal Arts

Something I’ve learned from The Job Foundation: How to manage my money properly and remember to spend on needs before wants.

Something I’ve learned from my mentor: I should strive for what I want and what I need.

Favorite Job Event: Nature Day

Something I'm most proud of: Graduating!

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Seafood

Hidden Talent: Dancing

I want people to know that: It wasn't easy, but I pushed myself and made it through.

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Jachise Porter

East High School

Savings Accumulated in our Program: $3,197

Plans after graduation: Move to Arizona, go to college and become an orthopedic surgeon

Something I’ve learned from The Job Foundation: How to manage money

Something I’ve learned from my mentor: My mentor taught me, learned with me and just took the time to be with me

Favorite Job Event: Laser Tag

Something I'm most proud of: Finishing high school

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Food: Tacos

I want people to know that: I'm unique

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Develle (DJ) Rambus

East High School

Savings Accumulated in our Program: $5,971

Plans after graduation: Attend Iowa State and major in Architectural Engineering

Something I’ve learned from The Job Foundation: Money Management

Something I’ve learned from my mentor: My mentor supported me and pushed me to be great

Favorite Job Event: Laser Tag

Something I'm most proud of: Getting accepted to Iowa State

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Food: Chicken broccoli alfredo

I want people to know that: I am in the top 20 academically in my class of 159