After graduating from West Roxbury High School in Boston, Mykelsy Charles began taking college classes while working to support herself and her mother. Mykelsy was determined to earn a degree but could only take a class or two each semester. After several years, the grind began to wear her down.

She worked wherever she could find a job that would fit her schedule, including positions at several fast food chains. She applied to work at several hotels, but was rejected due to lack of relevant experience. Then, while working as a university dining hall supervisor earlier this year, the 23-year-old heard about the Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative (GBAAI) from her boyfriend’s mother.

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