A Humble Beginning for Samantha
AHFC’s Jumpstart program supports families who wish to better their employment and financial opportunities and become financially independent. The program had 787 individuals enrolled in 15 communities statewide at the end of FY18.
Samantha is one example of many who have experienced positive outcomes through the program.
She dropped out of high school in 10th grade and had kids young. When her baby started preschool, the teacher told Samantha about AHFC’s Jumpstart that is part of Step. Samantha enrolled.
With the help of Jumpstart resources, goal planning and financial rewards, Samantha completed her high school education.
“Enrolling gave me the opportunity to let go of the negative influences in my life and move forward.” Samantha now works full-time, attends the University of Alaska Anchorage and plans to be a caseworker.
“I’m incredibly humbled to be where I’m at today. I have plans to purchase a home. My children are my everything, I want to be sure that they are set up to be independent.”