Hathaway-Sycamores’ Abraham Nuñez is Headed to UCLA

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Stories | 0 comments

Hathaway-Sycamores’ Abraham Nuñez is Headed to UCLA

Abraham Nuñez

Like many young adults Abraham Nuñez lacked direction after graduating from high school. As Abraham puts it, “I struggled transitioning into adulthood. I was confused as to what route I would take in life. Most signs pointed towards going to college and getting my Bachelors in Education, but the pressure of living in a low income community forced me to find a job.”

Abraham acknowledges that he didn’t have a clue how to find a job. Fortunately he was introduced to Hathaway-Sycamores. Abraham’s career at Hathaway-Sycamores started through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Through this program Abraham was hired to work in a school-based prevention program at a local middle school near Hathaway-Sycamores’ Family Resource Center in Highland Park where he helped students with their academics.

After completing his hours with the WIA program, Abraham continued to volunteer. Abraham’s volunteer work turned into a career at Hathaway-Sycamores, first working with Simon Gee to help build Hathaway-Sycamores’ Computer Learning Lab, the successful program that provides free tutoring services to Highland Park youth. Abraham then became a Case Manager, providing after school services and case management services to at-risk youth. He also helped with the mentoring program, Harvest Festival, and other major community events at the Family Resource Center. Next Abraham was promoted to the mental health program as a Case Manager/Youth Specialist, his current position.

All through this time he was working full-time while attending CSULA full-time. The tough schedule had its benefits according to Abraham, “Both worked well because I was applying theory and skill base in the work that I was doing with my clients.” Apparently it was a good combination because in addition to all the positive work he has done with the youth at Hathaway-Sycamores, this spring he graduated in the top 10% of his class and received special recognition for his outstanding academic record. “Now my goal is to continue my education in the Duel Master’s program at UCLA in Public Policy and in Social Welfare. Once I complete this goal, I plan to re-apply to the agency to continue to provide services to the community that I once was a part of.” He will be missed around here, but everyone at Hathaway-Sycamores wishes Abraham the best of luck at in the fall!

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