My name is Jazzmine and I grew up in Denver in a loving family, however, drug dealing was a normal day to day existence. I dropped out of high school at 16 and began working two jobs, with one of them offering me management training so I decided to quit the other job. During this time, I started dealing drugs because it was easy money and it was what my other family members did. At the time, it seemed like a glamourous life style and because I was very young, it was that more intriguing to me. Until the day I was arrested and sentenced to 3 years at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility with a drug felony.
I was very ashamed and wanted to change my life and had little to no job history and a felony. Shortly before I was released, Women’s Bean Project made a presentation at the correctional facility and when I was released to the halfway house, some of the women told me Women’s Bean Project was a great place to work and to turn your life around. So, I went and filled out an application and the rest is history.
Since my employment at Women’s Bean Project, I learned to understand why I was angry and how to cope with it and realized that I am accountable for all my decisions and that my past is my past. The Bean Project taught me how to work in a production environment handling food products, quality control measures, and how important attention to detail is. In addition, I gained so many other skills which has allowed me to be more valuable in the workplace. No I know that I’m worthy of my new life and I’m confident to go and get it. My goal is to have full-time employment and stability in my life.
During my job search phase of the program, I had the opportunity to interview with CoorsTek in Golden and eventually was hired! Because I had my GED prior to graduating Women’s Bean Project, I started in a higher paying position with full health and dental benefits.
I am motivated and ambitious with the skills I learned at Women’s Bean Project to have a better life.
That is great to hear! I hope you have continued success in your new career!
You reclaimed your power!
Congrats from Boston Massachusetts
Congratulations! You are an inspiration. Keep going after the life you deserve 🙂
Thanks so much Jessica for your support!
You are worthy of your new life! Keep moving forward.
Thanks so much Tamarah for your support of women like Jazzmine who work hard to change their lives, despite the obstacles and setbacks they face. Having supporters like you makes all the difference in the world! Thanks again 🙂
It’s awesome to hear how you turned your life around and are working hard to get ahead. Very inspirational.
You have courage to draw upon for inspiration, just for when you need it.
That is amazing. Good for you taking care of you. I use to work at The Gathering Place. The Women’s Bean project use to be there. Great places. Both of them. Thank you all the wonderful products you help create.
You are a beautiful example of courage and determination, and you are such an inspiration to all women in Denver! May God continue to bless you.