Aspiring student entrepreneur builds portfolio while helping peers


Sam, a senior at Brook Road Academy, dreams of opening his own graphic or fashion design business. With help from the Villa’s Career and Transition Services (CATS), he has fine-tuned his goals and worked toward them in our newest job training center, the Villa Shoppe. His contributions there have allowed his creativity to shine, while making a difference to other students.

The Villa Shoppe is a place where clients in need from any Villa program can pick out clothes and housewares at no cost. Sam has played a pivotal role in making it welcoming and accessible to everyone. He has come up with new ways to model clothes, and even uses his sewing skills to “upcycle” donated items. Sam also plans to enhance his graphic design portfolio by painting a mural inside the Villa Shoppe entrance.

Sam believes the personalized learning environment of Brook Road Academy, combined with support from CATS staff, has prepared him for the bright future he envisions for himself.

“The teachers are very helpful and understanding,” said Sam. “They’re with you every step of the way.”