The Fresh Start program serves youth and communities in Baltimore City and Washington, DC.
Fresh Start is a 40-week job skills training program that serves out-of-school youth, ages 17-19, most of whom are referred by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. The program uses carpentry as a medium to teach reading, writing, math, history, and science. Students work in the Foundation's Maritime Institute workshop and the Douglass-Myers Maritime Park boatbuilding workshop, building toolboxes, furniture, and boats. They also receive classroom instruction and one-on-one tutoring. The curriculum is designed to increase self-reliance, teach problem solving and academic skills, and demonstrate how academic skills and knowledge are used in a practical work environment.
Fresh Start students increase their math, reading, and writing levels by an average of 1.5 grade levels while in the program. 75-80% of graduates remain employed and/or in school for three years after completion of the program.
The Fresh Start program is one example of how Living Classrooms is changing lives by teaching marketable job skills. The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Youth Employment Coalition continue to recognize Living Classrooms' Fresh Start program for "best practices working with at-risk youth" and for embodying a "continuous improvement process."
Fresh T.E.C.H.S Robotics Team
The Fresh T.E.C.H.S (Technology Engineering Carpentry and Higher learning, Team 4242) is a part of the Fresh Start program, run by Living Classrooms. Fresh Start is changing lives by teaching marketable job skills to students of under-served communities. The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Youth Employment Coalition have recognized Fresh Start for best practices working with at-risk youth and for embodying a continuous improvement process. Fresh Start is a 40-week job skills training program that serves out-of-school youth, ages 16-19. The program uses metal and wood work as a medium to teach reading, writing, math, history, and science.
FIRST Robotics Competition
The varsity Sport for the Mind," FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It's as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
Workforce Development Center
In 2005, LC-NCR began to provide employability skills training for youth, as well as job placement and retention services. This initiative was modeled after the nationally replicated School-to-Career Partnership, which LCF piloted and then replicated in seven other U.S. cities. In this effort, staff members utilize a dual customer model to provide support and service to both the employer and employee. The goal for all of LC-NCR's workforce development programs is to aid youth and adults maintain their employment along their chosen career pathway.
The Workforce Development Center (WDC) conducts a 3-week employability training program for participants, then facilitates placement in jobs with participating local employers. One of the primary goals of the program is to place participants in employment that has long-term potential, higher than minimum wage pay, benefits and periodic salary increases. WDC staff provides participants with extensive training and two year job retention support and helps them deal with a wide range of obstacles. Participants also attend monthly job readiness seminars that focus on career advancement and goal setting. Staff assists with transportation fees, resources for GED preparation or other educational guidance, financial literacy, and housing. LC-NCR staff emphasizes long-term relationship building as the primary means of transforming youth into independent adults. The WDC assists these young adults in setting goals and creating strategic plans to achieve those goals through.
Phase 1: Three-Week Employability Training with Assessment Phase
Phase 2: On-going Assessment Phase
Phase 3: Placement
Phase 4: Retention
Phase 5: Continuous Job Readiness Training
For more information on the Workforce Development Center, please contact:
202-488-0627, ext. 225
802 S. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
515 M Street, SE, Suite 222
Washington, DC 20003