This program is providing a Cyber Security Certificate program to benefit 20 disadvantaged adult single mothers, interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workforce education and employment, and are looking to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their children. Program: https://mywit.org/community-impact/single-mothers-program/ Program Requirements: https://mywit.site-ym.com/page/WITSingleMothersP rogramFall2022 Any applicant must provide 2 Letters of Recommendation (LOR) - (500 word maximum each) that includes the following about you: Your character: Kind, trustworthy, productive, self-disciplined, self-reliant, dependable, observant, ambitious, inquisitive, resilient, hard-working, enthusiastic, thoughtful, and resourceful. Your reliability: I have integrity, I am consistent, trustworthy, compassionate, I always show up and put in overtime. Your determination to succeed: Your work and honesty ethic Your ability to problem solve Your dedication to your career and to your family Why you should be chosen in the Cyber Security Educational Program for Single Mothers Applicant must provide the contact information for the person who is writing the Letter of Recommendation as well as the relationship between you and the person(s) writing the recommendation ABOUT ME: My name is Jayne Hughes. I am a 35-year-old single mom to a 6-month-old baby boy. I would consider myself inquisitive, resilient, hard-working, enthusiastic, thoughtful and resourceful. I have been working since the age of 10. Most recent jobs have been executive assistant, customer service rep, nanny, and odd jobs. I graduated high school. Completed cosmetology school. I've been through my share of challenges in my life and have never given up. I lost my sister,mother, and grandmother. I have no support system. Escaped an abusive relationship. I moved to NYC at 18 by myself to live my dreams. I enjoy helping others. My greatest gift is my son. I love a good challenge. I love being pushed. I am optimistic. I love research and analytics I love problem-solving I enjoy learning and I am curious - Inquisitive I am productive. I am willing to go the extra mile and will work overtime to achieve my goals. Despite all of the obstacles thrown my way, I still rise. I am determined to make something out of nothing. I am determined to make the rest of my life the best of my life. I am willing to go above and beyond for the life I dream of. Why I want to proticipate in this program: I came across Women In Technology for Single Mothers program when researching careers and knew it would be the perfect opportunity to advance. I love thinking outside of the box, finding solutions to problems, and explaining results. I want to participate because I thrive in uncharted territories and challenging situations, Rough Draft: Events that have led me to be the person I am today and why I am pursuing this program: I have faced so many challenges in life. The biggest was losing my mother unexpectedly. I went through an era after losing her that I was completely shattered and was just a shell of myself. I lost all hope and completely gave up in life. My greatest gift came when I welcomed my son into this world. After becoming a mom - It's like some spark was ignited in me. I wanted more and I knew I had to do more Since the birth of my son, I have faced great difficulties. My biggest disappointment came when- My employer reneged on our agreement of me working virtually and wanted me to come into the office instead. I just had my son 3 weeks previously via emergency c section, so that wasn't an option for me. I had no immediate family to help ( just me, my brother, and cousin) and couldn't afford daycare and if I went back to work I would just be working to pay for childcare. So at three weeks postpartum, I decided I was either going to sink or swim and baby I swam! I began to do odd jobs with a fresh healing incision while toting my newborn everywhere I went. I ran errands, painted walls, cleaned carpets, organized, cooked, cleaned, and babysat to pay my bills. Yes, I was tired. Yes, I was scared, Yes, I felt defeated, Yes, I was hurting. But I was on a mission. I had nothing to lose. I was already at my lowest. Looking back I thank my previous employer because I would have still been stuck in a dead-end low paying job, This event led me to start researching new careers.