I am a successful small business owner, I'm already booked into 2018, I learned the critical skills that many disadvantaged kids never get a chance to learn when I attended The Job Corps.
In 1980 I was unemployed, into drugs & alcohol and had no future, no place to live and nowhere to go....
Then I heard about The Job Corps ( ignore ANY salacious media stories ) a program that is a cross between College, Tech/Votech & the Military.
There are millions of good kids in bad situations, hoping for a chance to make something of themselves -
Ask the people in the trench's what the problems are. I've been there so I can tell you. You send any of these kids ( just like me ) to some typical school program, after school program, whatever it is, it only lasts for a few hours then the kid goes home. Back to where the problem started, back to the neighborhood with the gangs or drugs or whatever it is that is real life for these kids and whatever they were told during those precious few hours during some well meaning program spouting lofty ideals, well, that gets thrown right out the window when the reality of their lives hits them right between the eyes. or worse...
LBJ started a program that changes that dynamic. The Job Corps. The kids have to leave home, the farther away the better. They live on campus and have to follow rather strict rules of personal hygiene and personal living space and personal behavior. If they follow the rules they get a shot at life- training for a variety of useful trades and service jobs; Union Carpentry, Welding, ASE Automotive, Heavy Duty Diesel, & many others. They get spending money, a clothing allowance and a savings account that they will receive as a check upon successful completion and graduation.
But maybe most important is the living arrangements; you actually live with people from all over the country of different colors and cultures, but unlike the military, the focus is on learning a skill that is immediately useful to society and the focus is on getting out successfully with OJT (on the job training) opportunities from local businesses... this program should be expanded exponentially with the funds already pledged and more from taxes if necessary.
The other great part about Job Corps is that ANY young people are welcome, not just black youths. It is precisely by being exposed to other ways of life that black youths learn about other ways of life and other people can learn about the problems black youths face by being able to interact with them on a daily basis. That's how I learned.
Please contact me or reply to this post with any serious questions, I will answer any & all to the best of my ability. The Job Corps saved me from a life of misery and most likely crime, it's not easy taking kids from really bad situations who already have bad habits and getting them on the path to responsible citizenship - The hard working, caring people who have dedicated their lives to these kids are heros.