“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Congratulations COHORT 1. The gentlemen who started their Workforce development journey July13, 2020 have completed Phase 1 of their training. YouthBuild student consist of young adults whose age ranges from 16 - 24. These young men from COHORT 1 were not sure of what they wanted to do with their lives, but knew they needed to do something to prepare themselves professionally. At the start, it was a little rocky with virtual learning, community outreach, and learning a new skill in preparation for the Workforce. The students quickly learn the concept of teamwork and the power of giving. It did not take long for COHORT 1 to work together as a team and the embodiment of commitment resulted in nine young men getting credentialed in Carpentry, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and getting certified with Red Cross.
The young men negotiated through numerous personal, educational, and emotional challenges. These challenges consisted of moving, becoming a parent, court dates, mental health challenges, losing family members and friends; however, each student bonded and supported each other and was able to gain skills that will last a lifetime. Along with gaining life skills, the students in COHORT 1 also gained valuable friendships, forming a forever brotherhood with each other. They all did a great job at motivating and encouraging each other throughout the program.
Congratulations to the following students:
Antonio Dix, Jalen Dove, Jaylen Rodriquez, Daryl Thomas, Damon Washington, D’Juan Washington, Yavin Johnson, Karee Boswell, and Jaynard Carter.
Special Recognition to the following:
Ruby Award: Jaylen Rodriguez
Leadership Award: Daryl Thomas
Peer Excellence Award: Damon Washington and Yavin Johnson