Helping local youth climb to success
Climb CDC has a new CEO, John Whitfield, and the mission continues as the group recruits local youth to enroll in their life changing programs.
Climb CDC Workforce Training Institute Counselor Shuida Haynes said, “There are some burdens they’re dealing with. You’re looking at negative outlook on the community, depression, stress. Some of them have parents that have passed away, mom never showed up. When they come in with those types of burdens, it’s almost a grounded mindset where they don’t feel they have that support.”
But this is where Climb CDC steps in, using their workforce training institute and program leaders to inspire and encourage our young people to climb higher, equipping those age 16 to 24 with training in areas such as conservation, construction, and culinary arts that can be used in our local work force, along with skills that will help them climb any mountain they may face in life. “At one point there was an individual, one of the participants in one of my programs burdened down by people telling him he wasn’t going to succeed at anything. He was not going to graduate. It became a burden to him where he felt he just didn’t have a chance, but everything he spoke negatively, I was able to speak life. No, you will complete your program,” said Haynes.
That’s one of the goals at the Climb CDC Workforce Training Institute, beating the odds, overcoming fears and becoming productive in our local community and workforce. “That’s part of our mission, to create that self-reliance within them, give them that employability, give them those skills. They’re able to work through those challenges and by the time they’re getting ready to graduate, they’re coming out with brand new attitudes.”
To apply for the upcoming class just stop by Climb CDC on 30th Avenue.