Men of CalWORKs
Men of CalWORKs, a parent advocacy support group, was established by former Director of GAIN/CalWORKs, Dr. Linda Cole, in Spring 2007 for the male student parent receiving Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. We understand that family expectations and responsibilities may be quite challenging for male student parents thus, to ensure training success, monthly meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm virtually. Guest speakers including faculty, on/off campus collaborative partners as well as business and industry are invited to share with the students. Participants also receive incentives such as computer flash drives, T-shirts and student success materials for attending the meetings.
Men of CalWORKs is facilitated by Michael Hopper, a GAIN/CalWORKs Counselor, who brings over twenty years of experience in social work, educational counseling, employment training and probation working with student youth through adult life. In addition, Mr. Hopper has worked with various County Board of Supervisors, school district personnel and city government officials to create programming designed to empower people to take personal responsibility for their lives and communities.