July 8, 2011

by: Blackbird

Christian Borrero

Twenty-four year old Christian Borrero is thriving as part of UCP of Greater Cleveland’s Community Employment Program. He sums up what this experience means to him in just one word: independence.

When Christian first joined UCP, he was employed at the National City (now PNC) Operations Center, processing outgoing mail for the bank. In order to seek out ways to become more independent, he requested skills training which allowed him to grow and take on more demanding work responsibilities. This growth afforded him the opportunity to transfer to Fifth Third Bank Northeast Ohio’s Corporate Headquarters. He has now been with Fifth Third for five years and has progressed into positions with increasing duties. He initially worked as an assistant file clerk in the mortgage department where he was assigned the task of organizing all mortgage files for a team of five clerks. He was then promoted to administrative assistant for a team of individuals in the Private Banking Department. He currently holds that position as well as attends to the front reception desk for several hours each day. Christian successfully navigates the structure of the bank and is a true member of the team. While he walks through the facility, he greets all his co-workers with a smile.

Christian continues to grow in all facets of his life. Last year, he moved into his own apartment! As an engaged citizen, he also runs a social group for youth with disabilities. He is also a part of Partners in Policymaking, a leadership training program facilitated through the ARC of Greater Cleveland. This program provides leadership skills training and guidance on how to influence public policy at all levels of government, and all activities are based on the belief that the most effective and enduring public policy decisions are made by the people who need and use services in partnership with elected officials and policymakers.

There is no doubt that Christian is a talented, motivated young man whose skills and drive will allow him to continue his path of success. Watch this short video and hear about his experiences from Christian himself.

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