This eager attitude has been with Tiffany since the beginning of her time at New Door. Unlike many interns, she didn’t hear about the program through a family member or friend, nor did she read a flyer. Rather, as Tiffany put it, fate brought her there.
“It’s a funny story,” she recalls. “One morning I shut my door a little bit too hard and it fell off the hinges. Later that day I Googled ‘new doors.’”
This Google search came at a pivotal moment in Tiffany’s life. She was finishing up a program where she learned the basics of administrative assistant work but wasn’t sure what do with this newly-gained knowledge. She had never held a job before and didn’t quite know the steps to take to look for one.
After stumbling upon New Door’s website, Tiffany read about the program and was excited about the opportunity to receive on-the-job training along with a paycheck. She also liked the idea of being with others her own age.
Tiffany was accepted into New Door’s Employment Program and interned in the office of a bicycle advocacy nonprofit in San Francisco. She worked in member outreach and was thrilled to be working in San Francisco, the place to be for someone interested in tech.
“A lot of youth come to New Door not knowing where they want to work, but I knew I wanted an office job,” Tiffany says. “I know office jobs [require using] technology, and I love technology. I am constantly on my computer learning different programs. It’s where I thrive.”