I help young men ages 16 to 24 through a program that provides them the opportinuity to get a GED, High School Deploma and a skill that will provide them with a living wage. Most of these young adults that come into this program have not completed high school, and have no skills to help them find work.
These students live on Center while they are working to obtain this education and these work skills. I work with these students in the evening hours and spend much of my time showing these young men how get along with each other, and deal more effectively with all of life’s issues. These students learn out to lead, how to organize, how to clean and maintain a healthy home environment, how to be respectful to one another, how to establish boundaries, how to deal with life’s problems without the use of drugs or alcohol, and how to find strength in their own abilities.
When a successful student leaves Job Corps they have completed their Education, Skills Training and Social Living Skills and are much better prepared to go out into the world and be successful. I and other workers that make up the staff at Job Corps help students who often arrive here unable to cope with the world on the outside, many with historys of failure and addiction. We provide these young men and woman with not only new skills, but a strength in themselves, and from that the self knowledge that they can accomplish anything they put their mind to. Without this program many of these young men and woman would not be able to find work and would not be able to deal effectively with any of the problems that beset them.