In January, Mrs. Michelle Atwood and Kathy Mroz presented a grant proposal to a 100 Women Who Care on behalf of Pioneer Work and Learns Camp 1. The group is comprised of a 100 local women, who each make a special contribution of $100 four times throughout the year to worthy community projects. The women were supportive of the proposal and approved giving the school $10,500 to benefit the new Life Skills program at camp 1. The funding was used to purchase a new stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer for the classroom apartment.
In addition to the new equipment, shirts, pants, and ties are also being purchased for students to discharge with. In order to earn the clothing, students are required to complete a portfolio with resume, complete a mock interview, along with numerous on the job skills. It is the school’s hope that the new clothing will showcase the student in a positive manner when interviewing for a real job back in their home community.
Ultimately, teachers want students to leave with a new level of confidence and realization that they are capable and deserving of a better future. In April the men were able to go speak to the group and enjoy a nice dinner. Our young men were able to wear the new clothes purchased with the grant and represented themselves at the highest standard. We as an agency are very grateful for the opportunities they have offered our clients.