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The Power of a Paycheck

Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit specializing in helping people overcome difficult challenges find meaningful employment and achieve self-sufficiency, recently asked celebrities and influential business leaders to share their first paycheck stories as part of the nonprofit's newly launched The Power of a Paycheck campaign which funds critical skills training for the unemployed and under-employed in our community.

Story tellers include Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of California State University, Fullerton:

“My parents, who were both factory workers with eighth grade educations, always said, ‘The only inheritance a poor family can leave its children is a good education.’ After my father died when I was twelve, my mother faithfully continued providing the model. One summer, when I was fourteen, I wanted to work with my cousins in a factory making handbags, and she let me. The paycheck I received after countless hours of labor was the best lesson she could have given me. It served as a constant reminder of what my future might look like without education, and became the springboard for my journey from first-generation college student from humble beginnings to the first Latina president in the California State University.” Continue reading.

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