We are almost there. 2021 has proven to have some obstacles to meeting our goal but we are almost there and we will continue to move forward.
We have joined forces with the Reentry Action group to gain more insight on how to grow our project. This group meets on a monthly basis to share resources and offer support into programming. We are continually engaged in the Children and Youth Task force to better understand the needs of our youth as well as resources that may be available to support our youth population.
Our most recent achievement was getting our downstairs room ready for those with access and functional needs. We now have a fully functioning downstairs location at the Romeo Malone community center where youth and others can learn. We are excited about being able to expand our space to support our program needs, making learning accessible for all.
We look forward to your continued support as we move towards fully launching our program.
The last few months have been challening but we are up and ready to keep going to reach our goal. COVID-19 changes have forced us to revamp our program design. We are working hard to build key partnerships to grow our work. I'm happy to announce that we have partnered with VIPD-PAL and will be working towards developing a framework for diversion services in the coming months. Additionallyl, we are working in partnership with UVI CELL to support the reentry component.
We will be relaunching our fundraising efforts this month to help us to move this project forward. We look forward to your continued support for this program.
We are off to a great start in 2022. Next month in March we will have 15 students starting in the lifeskills workready training. We are extremely excited about this update. Donors like you have made this possible These program participants will learn valuable life skills such as interview skills, computer skills, prepare a resume and learn the fundamentals of personal credit. This will prepare them for workforce development training.
Program participants will be paired with a Care Navigator that will assist in matching them to needed services such as housing, counseling and medical services. These are first steps towards progress. We are so excited about this development. I look forward to keeping you engaged in our progress over the next few months.
We started this project because we believe we can make a difference. We are extremely excited to report that because of your generous donations we were able to secure our first order of devices. We have purchased 22 laptops and 22 coolpads. This will enable us to equip our first group of students with a laptop and wifi to be able to connect to learning throughout the pandemic.
This has been a major factor in us preparing for youth and staff in the VI. Our next step is to secure additional funding IT support and purchase subscriptions needed such as Zoom platforms, HS Diploma curriculum and other training platforms as well as to provide training for incoming and current staff. We are currently working with YouthBuild USA to become an authorized Youthbuild program. We are on the right path and extremely excited that you believed in us enough to support us financially.
Thank you for believing in our program. With your continued support, we will make a MAJOR impact.
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