What Being a Waitress Taught Me About Helping Lead Propel America

By Erin Bendily, Ph.D., Executive Director, Propel America Louisiana

This piece was originally published on Medium.com.

I began working for Propel America this winter. I was excited to help young people make the journey from high school to a well-paying job — with all the opportunities that come with that.

This summer, I have loved getting to know Propel’s “fellows,” the young people we support as they train in exciting fields and eventually begin their jobs. In Louisiana, they can train to be patient care technicians, automotive mechanics, pipe fitter helpers, manufacturers, certified nursing assistants, and sterile processing technicians.

Their experiences have often reminded me of just how much young people learn in their first jobs — good and bad — and how my own first job taught me some important lessons.

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