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Mentors in Trades, Help the Children

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Good day everyone! I am trying to collect the names of some retired, semi-retired or just youth-development minded people to volunteer a few hours per month to assist in teaching high school students in learning some very basic carpentry, painting, gardening/horticulture, etc. as a part of an impending work-study program in one to two schools on St. Croix.

Due to the economic climate right now, we are aspiring to do this based on good will and the desire to impart some basic knowledge to teeenagers so that they may lean how to work while they aslo learn the academics. Our students are in need of feeling self-esteem, abilities in non-academic areas, and to understand the connection between working and earning.

We will not begin for several months, however your desire to give guidance to these young adults will hlp tremendously in many areas not normally addressed in school.

If you have any skill in painting, light carpentry, horticulture or perhaps areas that we have not yet decided upon, I would greatly appreciate your contacting me so that when the materials and stipends for the students fall into place, we will be ready to teach students about work, about trades, and to round out their education and sense o accomplishment through such ork.

At the end of th school's 'facelift', we will be honiring all community members who have given of themselves to enhance the lives of these young, but soon toenter theworkforce students.

Thank you for any generosty you can afford, and for your belief n the newest generation that is up and coming. I wil respond to any and all responses as your commitment to our communityis truly a magnificent deed.

Most sincerely,

Dan Gilbride

Topic starter Posted : January 12, 2011 9:28 am
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Hi Dan, that sounds wonderful. Well I'm in none of the professions you mentioned, but I am/was a school nurse. I'll be moving to St Croix Feb 1 and I won't be working for the next 3-4 months while I wait for a VI RN license. I have plenty of experience working disadvantaged with youth and would definately be interested in volunteering any way I could. Maybe medical assistants, etc. Plus id like to meet and network with others. So keep me in the loop, Paula..

Posted : January 13, 2011 2:56 am
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Unfortunately, I do not live on STX, but it sounds like a wonderful program. (tu) I would volunteer if I lived on STX.
Do you know of a similar program on STT?
Unless you have received many PM's, doesn't look like many have responded. They would rather rant and rave about the misguided youth on the islands than actually help. 🙁 :X

Posted : January 16, 2011 12:10 am
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Beyond Visions Foundation does something similar for the Nature Explorers program over in the Harvey project, at least in terms of gardening/horticulture. Their main office is in the building across from Kennedy like you're going into C'sted, and the director's name is Yvonne Petersen. She may be able to point you in the direction of people who could help you out.

Posted : January 17, 2011 2:31 am
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