We are piloting a new program aimed at getting low-income kids into the trades. With my construction experience, and the information I've researched, I've realized that a career in construction could very well be a way out for these kids. Especially the ones who have given up hope for any life better than the one they've always known.
Every apprenticeship I've looked into, from electrical to painting to sheetmetal to laborers, pays over $17 TO START. Most kids living in poverty have parents making minimum wage, and don't have much hope of doing any better. My goal is to open their eyes to a world they may not know even exists. To show them that they can have financial security. No matter where they come from. To give them an alternative to fast-food. Something they can actually live on and feel proud of.
Hope. That's my goal. To give them real hope of a bright, safe, secure future.
We will provide transportation to local apprenticeships to pick up applications, help with filling those apps out and getting the needed documentation turned in, interview tips and practice, and we will help them get hands on experience and references by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. I can't wait to get started!