Co-Chair Testimonials

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Tricia Ward
Co-Chair
Email: tward@hammerheadsprogram.com

“I started Hammer Heads in the summer of 2014. Back then I barely knew how to use a screwdriver properly. In three months I was able to get a deep understanding of all the different types of trade work available, how critical each one is, and most importantly, how to actually THRIVE in a career in the trades.

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Participating in the program has catapulted my career trajectory. I can now envision myself doing things that two years ago seemed unimaginable.
I love this program so much that when I was offered to become the Youth Committee Co-Chair I literally JUMPED at the chance. In my role I now get to give back and provide dozens of young people with the same opportunity I had. It feels so amazing! I think the most important thing anybody reading this needs to know is that participating in the Hammer Heads Program is not just job training. It is not just "day in the life" exposure. And it is not just simply a stepping stone. Becoming a Hammer Head means you are joining a family.“

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Quoc Truong
Co-Chair
Email: qtruong@hammerheadsprogram.com.

“My name is Quoc Truong, I am an alumni of the Hammer Heads Program and Co-Chair of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). I like to think of myself as a huge success from the program. It has shown me that there are people willing to see beyond our flaws and mistakes and to give us opportunities and second chances.

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That there are people willing to give their all to help us help ourselves and to move forward in life and progress without boundaries. Having gone from working dead end jobs and with no experience in the field of construction, to having a career as an Apprentice Steamfitter is gratifying. The program has changed my life in ways I never thought imaginable. It actually chokes me up to think how much my life has changed since I started the program. Now as part of the Youth Advisory Committee I am able to give back to the next wave of youth and help them carve their own path of success.
Hammer Heads was my key to success and the route that unlocked my doors.“

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Haider Zahid
Co-Chair
Email: hzahid@hammerheadsprogram.com

"Hammer Heads has been a life changing experience for me. It has restructured my attitude, lifestyle, work ethic and even the way I think. Hammer Heads has allowed me to become an electrical apprentice and afford to support my family. My journey ahead looks promising, unlike before."