My Story: Meosha Barnum

Meosha Barnum found herself in difficult times after a dispute led to her becoming involved with the justice system. This unexpected turn in her life interrupted her educational and career plans.

After starting a job that only paid the minimum wage of $7.50 per hour, Meosha knew she needed to make a life change to better support herself. Thankfully, she learned of the Young Adult LifeLaunch program, hosted by her local Goodwill® organization’s training partner, Diesel Truck Driving Academy.

Meosha knew she would need financial assistance and additional resources to be successful in the program. Thanks to resources provided by Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana resources, Meosha was connected to a case manager, who helped her navigate career and life decisions.

In addition to career coaching, financial counseling and job placement services at Goodwill’s job center, she completed the online Skills to Succeed Academy. Meosha continued to check in with her case manager weekly throughout the educational process.

After completing these programs, she earned her Commercial Driver License and, soon after, accepted a position with National Carriers, Inc. as a truck driver.

Meosha’s confidence and her professional abilities have increased tremendously. She says that she is happy and grateful for the opportunity to get her life on a productive track.

When asked about her experience going through Goodwill’s Young Adult LifeLaunch program, Meosha said, “If you keep yourself in a positive mindset and put in the work, good things will happen in time.”

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