Past Participant Profile: Tempest Alphonse on her Ucan2 experience
Mildura resident, 25-year-old Tempest Alphonse participated in Ucan2 almost a year ago. She now works as the Health Promotion Officer at Mallee District Aboriginal Services. Here’s what she has to say about her experience with CMY’s Ucan2 program…
When and where did you participate in the Ucan2 program?
Mid last year (2016) at Dandenong for Ucan2 Active.
At the start, I didn’t know why I was in the Ucan2 program as I felt like it wasn’t for me. However, after the first two sessions, I started to embrace the opportunity. Mainly because I like listening to people’s stories and I enjoyed the down time reflecting on our strengths, feelings, skills etc.
How did the Ucan2 program support you?
I like to think of the program as a safe place where you can be open up about things without any judgment and be supported, as well as, focus on how to enhance our skills and resumes in order to find the jobs we desire.
It was honestly a great opportunity and I would recommend it to any young person who needs people to come along and help them in their journey and direction in life and needs connection with other young people.
Our facilitators went above and beyond to assist us even sometimes with our personal problems which I was grateful for. It was a blessing in disguise.
What is your fondest memory from Ucan2?
Speaking about our emotions and always meditating on our inner beings. Opening up about our different experiences and having that trust and connection with the group was amazing.
What did the volunteer support mean to you?
It means that there are people who care about helping others to succeed which in turn is success to them.
Assisting participants with writing their resumes and cover letters, having mock interviews to prepare them for future interviews and just having fun as we shared stories and shared meals together.
What have you been up to since you finished Ucan2?
I moved to Mildura for work. I got a role of Health Promotion Officer in Mallee District Aboriginal Services. I was supported by Ucan2 to become successful for this position working on my key selection criteria. Previously, I had difficulty finding work in my field.
Through Ucan2 Active I completed work experience in my field which also benefited me in being successful for the position.
What are your hopes for the future?
To become a significant person as I add value to people’s lives is my dream!!
My hopes for the future is to continue learning as much as I can from different places that I go to, impact lives, start a family and follow God’s leading.
I am glad I was in the program; it was a great experience!