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Jasmine finds needed support in Transitional Living program

May 24, 2010

Through the Youth Villages Transitional Living program, Jasmine has learned valuable life skills and is now working at Panera Bread in downtown Nashville.

Jasmine entered Youth Villages’ Transitional Living program to get support she wasn’t receiving from family.

She was unemployed out of school. She lacked the life skills to manage money, find a home and a job.

Crystal Jacobs, a Transitional Living specialist who has been with Youth Villages more than three years, began working with Jasmine in September 2009. Jasmine made quick progress by first establishing a support network. In October, she learned during a Panera Bread Co. event about possible employment there. Panera is a corporate giving partner with Youth Villages in Nashville.

Jacobs worked with Jasmine on her interviewing skills and they role-played the interview.

Jasmine was hired, and does everything from cashier to working the dining room and everything in between.

“Jasmine is great,” said Jerry Robinson, manager of Panera Cafe in downtown Nashville. “If she’s not helping customers, she is always trying to find something to assist with. She is self-motivated, very outgoing and friendly.”

Jasmine also plans to attend summer classes at Nashville State to resume pursuing a college degree.

“I love Crystal and the Transitional Living program,” Jasmine said. “It has helped me so much. I can call whenever I need help, and Crystal is always there.”

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