A 10-week program for at-risk youth not only unlocked Sam’s Club career opportunities for Jalyssa Zaragoza, but also her potential.
Eight Arizonans received their full-stack web developer certification last week during a modest ceremony at Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy, capped off with a cake baked in the prison’s kitchen.
“When Persevere came to me,” she concludes, “I was literally depressed to the point where I didn’t want to wake up. My time was hard and that last year was the hardest. I got fired from a good job. Some officers and inmates were trying to get me off the yard. But then Persevere put a shield around me so no one could affect me. They couldn’t take Persevere away from me. I was part of that 22-women group and we hid in the arms of the program.” Beyond a job, then, coding provided her some kind of hope.
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Digital Dreams. In the spring of 2022, I stood at the crossroads of my life with a year and a half left in my prison sentence. It was then that I took a leap of faith and applied for acceptance into the Persevere Coding Program, not entirely certain of what lay ahead but driven by my tech-forward mindset. When I received that acceptance letter in May of 2022, I knew I was on the brink of something transformative. My journey into Full Stack Web Development, with a focus on MERN, began with anticipation, and I threw myself into the curriculum with unwavering commitment.