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New Visions, New Ventures' Client Andrea Robert Had A Passion to Pursue Her Life's Purpose

Andrea RobertsAll things happen for a reason, both good and bad. Andrea allowed a traumatic event to help her triumph and empower others. Andrea graduated in 1983 with a vision to move forward in life. In 1996 she started volunteering at numerous local agencies to get a sense for what her contribution to the workforce could be. Shortly after that time, Andrea's life drastically changed when she became the victim of a violent crime. That unfortunate incident became the genesis for her business. In pursuit of her dream of entrepreneurship, she started Andrea Robert's Outreach & Consulting Services (AROCS) in 1996.

From 1997 - 1999 she worked as an Outreach Educational Specialist with the City of Richmond's Public Health Department. She obtained her first contract with the City of Richmond in 1999, and knew then that she wanted to show people how to empower themselves through life skills, healthy relationships, personal development programs, and community resources. In 2000, she briefly moved back to her home of Claremont, California to leverage family support for her 15 year old son, while continuing to work in the human services field.

She returned to Richmond in 2002 and continued to develop her business. She began working with New Visions, New Ventures in 2004 and opened her Individual Development Account in August of that year. She has consecutively deposited into her IDA account every month without any missed deposits. Most recently, Andrea has secured a contract with The City of Richmond to develop a program called Alternative 4 Girls, which she facilitates for the Richmond City Truancy Program. Andrea has appeared on Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Pat Robertson's 700 Club, and other national programs, to share her life experiences. For additional information please refer to www.arocs.com.

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This article was published June 2007 in the New Visions Venture.