I have had the pleasure in being a part of the Human Services Management program as a Community Living Manager at Target Community and Educational services. This program not only enables you to learn how to work with and contribute to bettering the lives of individuals with disabilities, but it teaches you about yourself. Through this process I have learned patience, humility, and gained the strength, determination and confidence that is needed to be successful. In the future, I hope to continue to make a difference in anyone’s life I may come across.
I have an unwavering belief in the importance of getting outside the classroom to pursue hands on, fulfilling real world experiences. The Target Community Living Manager (CLM) program offered me the opportunity to do just that. Crucial time management and organizational skills were cultivated while balancing classes and the responsibilities of managing a Target home. Sharing the CLM role with another house manager cemented the importance of effective communication and teamwork. But more importantly, Target embedded a mindset of helping others and this invaluable simplicity has been the backbone of my professional growth.
I had a wonderful experience in the CLM program with Target. I got to know a lot of amazing people and was able to gain extremely valuable skills working in the human services field. In addition, I was able to achieve my Master’s Degree Program in Human Services Management, and am very excited to continue my education by pursuing a Ph.D in Applied Behavior Analysis. My aspiration is to be a Behavioral Therapist, particularly for children with autism, and my experience with Target has been invaluable towards achieving these goals. It truly was an incredible experience that I will never forget.