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Career Development

Abstract Background

Re-Entry Adult

Mentoring & Career Development



However, God gave me two supportive grandmothers who assisted my parents with me.  God began to place a few great mentors in my life who not only took me by the hand and guided me in the right direction but inevitably changed my life.  Because of their sacrifices, I  graduated from high school on the dean list and went on to obtain my Bachelors and Master's degrees. Thankfully my parents are doing well today. My father is a successful entrepreneur and has been drug and alcohol free for 20 years.  My mother is retired and has been clean for a little over 18 years.

Since 2009 I've worked with over 300 youth throughout the city of Baltimore. However, the defining moment in my career was back in 2012, when I started working with youth from the Department of Juvenile Services.  These young people all had gotten themselves into some type of trouble which landing them into a program called DJS Corps. Therefore, they were mandated to complete my career readiness program. These young people were written off by many but, thankfully, I was just what they needed to push forward and they were definitely what I needed to realize my passion for training and mentoring.




Falema Graham






The mission of CDLC is to provide comprehensive Career and Leadership Development programs to aid the youth & adult population in reaching their fullest potential, regardless of their economic backgrounds or community dynamics.


  • Career Development Facilitation & Coaching

  • Life Skills Building 

  • Assistance Finding & Defining Balance

  • Content Creation 

  • Mentoring

  • Youth Development

  • Public Speaking

  • Entrepreneur Training

  • Youth Advocacy

  • Case Management

  • Peer Mentoring

  • Resource Management & Assistances 



Youth with mentors have higher rates of high school graduation and are less likely to drop out of school. They find more self-confidence, self-esteem and can create big goals for themselves. Additionally, studies show that behavior, attitudes, and relationships improve when a youth has a mentor.

  • Helping set career goals and taking steps to realize them.

  • Using personal contacts to help young people network with industry professionals, find internships, and locate possible jobs.

  • Introducing young people to resources such as organizations, entrepreneurs, employers, and colleges/trades schools may not be familiar.

  • Understanding the skills needed for seeking a job, interviewing for a job, and keeping a job.

  • Learning the characteristics of successful entrepreneurship.


Re-entry mentorship & Career Development skills for adults help transition from life behind the wall back into society.  Helping them stabilize, rebuild, and create self-sufficiency in their lives increased their overall well-being and mental health. Re-entry Adults with mentors tend to have more self-confidence & success on the streets. We provide training and on-going support to adults (over the age of 18) to cope with the high demands of reentry and reintegration into their communities.

Mentors and mentees will work on meeting basic practical needs such as:

  • Housing

  • Employment

  • Transportation

  • Life Skills

  • Communication Skills

  • Personal Goal Setting(one of which is often reunification with children and other family members.)

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 A Dynamic Combination 



Career Development is the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future. However, the earlier a person is exposed to the process the more successful one will become.


Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies.


Youth mentoring is the process of matching mentors with young people who need or want a caring, responsible adult in their lives. Adult mentors are usually unrelated to the child or teen and work as volunteers through a community, school, or church-based social service program.

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