Melissa Rivera began her career in 1997 working with at risk youth. Her first job as a caseworker for a girls group home sparked her passion for helping them navigate the world before them.
In her 25-year career it has been filled with joy, frustrations and triumphs. She never stops thinking about the youth that counted on her on a daily basis as well as the staff who needed support
Ms. Rivera has grown in this journey to include a passion for educating anyone who wants to listen about how to help a youth navigate the foster care system, the education system and life. It goes without saying that Melissa has touched many lives both young and mature. She still keeps in her office the items youth have made her as a way to say thanks for hanging in with them.
Ms. Rivera is a youth development expert, trainer and motivator. She is passionate about helping youth "connect the dots" between education & employment. As a career coach Melissa is able to help youth understand what it takes to make their dreams come true. Her focus is making sure that youth understand that they don’t have to settle for a job but they should create a career path that is sustainable and enjoyable. She is gifted in listening and engaging youth to get them to think highly of themselves, to know that with a little work they are capable of accomplishing anything they set their minds too.
If you are interested in working with Ms. Rivera as a consultant for your organization, as a career coach for your youth or as a presenter at your next event, please feel free to drop her a line.