My name is Selene and I was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico. My parents moved here when I was four years old.
I graduated from Emily Griffith High School in 2014. I have been a translator for my family my whole life. I know how hard it is for anyone who doesn’t speak English to communicate with people or even to help their own kids with homework/school. Your kids can start getting behind and that makes it harder for them to catch up with the rest of their classmates. I went through this with my parents and that brought me some problems.
I had my first daughter right after I graduated high school. Then decided it was time to get a job so I went to work at a food court in Downtown Denver. When the food court closed I decided to stay home with my daughter, however my family needed more income. That’s when I started looking for a job and was told I needed more skills and experience, but found out I was pregnant with my second daughter who is now six months old. A past graduate of Women’s Bean Project told me about the program so I came to apply.
I learned production and receptionist skills, customer service and money handling. Because of the skills and experience I’ve gained through my time at Women’s Bean Project, along with my bilingual skills, I have recently been hired at Denver Public Schools (DPS) helping other’s like myself.
Women’s Bean Project has helped me move toward my goals for myself and for my family.
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