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Back to School: Giving My Son the Best Start

“Before Climb, I was living with my mom and working two minimum wage jobs. I wasn’t on my feet.  My son was almost 3 at that point, and I felt like it was time for us to both start having a life.

My son Robin is my little super hero sidekick. I love him so much. He’s going into first grade this year. He’s smart and brave. He’s had a tough life since he was diagnosed with a disease that has required multiple surgeries. He’s the toughest kid I’ve met.

When it came to my Climb job placement, it was amazing to have someone say, ‘Here’s a good person who is smart and capable and can do this job.’ I was offered a human resources position at the University of Wyoming. It’s amazing. I have full benefits and sick and vacation leave. Because of Climb, I’m now in a career that has flexibility. Before Climb, when I took time off, I was missing out on a paycheck. Climb getting me into this position has been a life changer.


“Kids can tell when their parents are unhappy. Being able to see your mom happy and succeeding and being productive makes a huge difference in their lives.”


I have more time and energy and can advocate for Robin. I’m not working 80 hours a week. I can spend evenings with him doing homework and helping him develop as a person. Now Robin gets to have his own life. He has been able to have his own bedroom and can have friends over. He’s becoming such an independent person. He does swimming and next week will start karate.

Climb children get to see their moms succeed. Kids can tell when their parents are unhappy. Being able to see your mom happy and succeeding and being productive makes a huge difference in their lives. We get these jobs and are able to do so much. My confidence was boosted tenfold and that helped boost Robin’s confidence, too.

Climb is part of my story that will never go away. I’ll never stop being proud of it.”

-Amanda
Climb Wyoming Graduate

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