I want to use this blog post to brag about the progress our Living Greener participants are making. Bri’s post goes into what the program is and how it works. Next week marks the half way point. We have a core group of participants that are showing up on time doing great work, just look how clean the lines are on that landscaping job! I went out to takes some pictures of the finished work, I met young people and families enjoying the freshly improved park.
Some of the persons in the program have struggled with substance abuse and problems at home. It is very rewarding to see these young people beating expectations and showing what good workers they are. If you are an employer looking to hire someone who comes from a different background than the typical employee, just come by and see how well our Living Greener participants have done with a little guidance and a willingness to learn and improve themselves.
They are not just working hard on the job, they are coming to the twenty-four hours of life skills training, which they are not paid for. They are there to improve themselves. Last week our cohort went into the computer lab at the CareerLink in St. Marys to work on resumes. Many of them had never done one before. We started with their current work and training in the Living Greener program and created a resume that will land them their next job. I was asked if I would be willing to be a reference on their resume. I told them it depends on what they show me. If the second half of the program goes as well as the first then I will be happy to give them a good recommendation! A big thanks to Anita Todd of the University of Cincinnati who volunteered her time helping us as a Life Skills Trainer.