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Volunteer of the Month!

Ben Chewning is one of our amazing volunteers. In the past Ben has worked doing underwater welding and he advanced to own his own company. Ben is now retired and he works hard to teach both our boys and girls the trade of welding! Ben volunteers with us four days a week and has worked with the teens to complete many projects, including new shelves for our facility, metal parts to help our construction trade, and even fixed an outdoor light post for another one of our volunteers. Ben says he is devoted to Project LIFT because "of the opportunity to help the teens through working with our hands to complete tasks!"

Project LIFT Pathway Academy of Innovation Class of 2019!

On Thursday, June 27th we had the honor of having a Graduation Ceremony for another 13 Project LIFT teens who completed their high school diplomas through our Pathway Academy of Innovation (3 graduates from Belle Glade with have their own ceremony to come).  A very special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, The Flagler Place and Jade Smith who helped make the evening possible. Also to Vince & Chessa Zanfini for providing the the graduation gowns, and to all our donors and funders or support our programs all year round.

Six of our Palm City Graduates with therapist, Sarah Paulick

Six of our Palm City Graduates with therapist, Sarah Paulick

Project LIFT’s Pathway Academy of Innovation is a ground-breaking solution designed to address the needs of high-risk teens, who have dropped out of high school, attain their high school diploma while also focusing on vocational training, mental health and substance abuse issues to prepare them for the 21st Century workforce! With this unique approach we integrate the individual’s desired career pathway with high school curriculum while adding social-emotional support services. By offering a blend of on-line and on-site experiential learning, Project LIFT propels teens to graduation in less time and more efficiently than it would take them in a traditional classroom setting.

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Project LIFT was the recipient of Impact 100 Martin's first grant in 2018.  The Impact funding was used to help launch Project LIFT's Pathway Academy of Innovation.   

Impact 100's Mission: To engage a dynamic group of women philanthropists to bring forth new resources aimed at enriching the community through strategic high-impact grant making; Impact 100 Martin will engage, develop, and inspire women to create change in our community.

Thanks So Much to the Sailfish Point Foundation, Inc.

From Left: Carole Gregory, Ann Louise Price, Bob Zaccheo, Steven Levy and Kathy Purington

From Left: Carole Gregory, Ann Louise Price, Bob Zaccheo, Steven Levy and Kathy Purington

Sailfish Point Foundation Grant

We are so grateful to the Sailfish Point Foundation for their support of our innovative delivery of Education services. We provide these services through a unique platform of vocational training. At risk 14-19 year olds engage in hands-on vocational education training in 11 different trades. Seasoned professional instructors, licensed therapists and substance abuse experts work with the teens in a hands-on high-touch vocational setting to address issues including trades education and workforce readiness, opioid prevention and addictions, truancy, academic failure, gang involvement, violent behavior, depression, suicide and abuse related trauma. Referred to Project LIFT by county drug courts, the juvenile justice system and local high schools, clients receive the services and trades training necessary to educate them to become productive, contributing citizens that give back to the community rather than drain the local and state prison, hospital and social service resources. Thank you Sailfish Point Foundation for helping us make this possible!

Thank you junior league of martin county!!!!

Thank you so much to the Junior League of Martin County!  They so generously donated funds and also sweat equity to do a total make over of our Pathway Academy Class Room!!  The members are absolutely thrilled with their updated space and feel like they have a new and fun environment which is more conducive to learning.  Also a very special thank you to Design Within Reach Outlet in Vero Beach who donated the amazing furniture!!  

Members of Junior League

Members of Junior League

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After Picture!!!

After Picture!!!

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Before Picture!!!

Before Picture!!!

From Left: Phoenix Thomas, Bob Zaccheo, Vic Miller, Marvin McClain, Chris Jackson, Dr. Michele Libman, Bill Burdette, Hank Libby, Gevard Burns and Sarah Paulick

From Left: Phoenix Thomas, Bob Zaccheo, Vic Miller, Marvin McClain, Chris Jackson, Dr. Michele Libman, Bill Burdette, Hank Libby, Gevard Burns and Sarah Paulick

Congrats Marvin!!!!

Marvin just got a job as a Correctional Officer with the State!!!

Marvin graduated from our Pathway Academy program on January 28th with his high school degree. Marvin has always wanted to go into the criminal justice field and has recently been offered a job as a Correctional Officer with the State of Florida. He will be working at the Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown. Plus the state is going to pay for him to go to the Police Academy which is his dream. Way to go Marvin, we are so proud of you!!!

Look Who Came By for a Visit!!!

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Justin Simmons, Safety for the Denver Broncos

Martin County High School Alumni, Professional Football player and proud supporter of Project LIFT!

Justin stopped by to meet some of our staff and teens and to show some love to Project LIFT and our mission.

Thanks so much Justin!!!

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Congrats David Reid

Working with Arnold’s Air Conditioning!

David started his new job at Arnold's Air Conditioning on April 11th! David started our HVAC Program on January 21st and after less than 3 months in the program was offered a job and installed his first system on his first day on the job. Way to go David we are so super proud of you!

 

Making An Impact in Belle Glade!!

On Saturday, June 21st,  a group of women volunteers from Impact The Palm Beaches came to our new facility in Belle Glade to roll up their sleeves and put in some sweat equity! Working alongside our staff and teen participants, we were able to paint over half of the 8,000 square foot building. Last fall Impact awarded us $100,000 to duplicate Project LIFT in The Glades.  Now that we have secured a facility, they continue to provide us with their support to help us achieve our mission.

 
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Impact's MISSION

We are a dynamic leader of women’s philanthropy: bringing new resources to the community and making philanthropy accessible. Through strategic high-impact grant making, we engage, develop and inspire women to create change in our community.

For the past several years this message has been a growing part of the philanthropic landscape in southern Palm Beach County. In 2015, Deborah Johnson and Bridget Baratta decided it was time to launch an Impact 100 group that would benefit the rest of Palm Beach County. The venture philanthropy effect is making a big impact with a targeted investment of $100,000 Impact grants to area non-profits. This model had great appeal as it leveraged the power of efficient, collaborative and highly focused philanthropy – driven by women.

Impact The Palm Beaches is not just a matter of facilitating generosity, it is a matter of harnessing the power of women each of whom commit $1,000, to effect social change in our community. Serving the central and northern Palm Beach County community through high impact grants to local nonprofits. Each year at the annual meeting, nonprofit finalists are invited to speak, Impact 100 members vote, and $100,000 funds are awarded that evening.

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We are grateful for the generosity they displayed in their time, talents and gifts. Thank-you Impact The Palm Beaches, You Rock!

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Impact 100 Martin Grant Puts Students on the Pathway to Success!

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They’re on the pathway to a successful future!   Thanks to a $100,000 grant from Impact 100 Martin, students from Project LIFT in Palm City are learning new vocational skills while they earn high school diplomas in the organization’s new “Pathway Academy of Innovation.” 

The program was chosen to receive Impact 100 Martin’s first grant award in April, and it is already achieving results.  Three students who recently graduated from the pilot Pathway program are gainfully employed, and the next class will graduate within 45 days. 

“The Impact 100 Martin grant was vital to the launch of our Pathway Academy of Innovation,” says Executive Director Robert Zaccheo.   “Thanks to this funding, we will facilitate 20 teens through the program this year who otherwise would likely not finish their education.”

Recently, Impact 100 Martin members visited Project LIFT to deliver the first grant installment, meet some Pathway Academy students and see the program in action. 

“Project LIFT’s Pathway Academy of Innovation was a great fit for our funding,” says Nancy Wong, Executive Committee Chair of Impact 100 Martin.  “Impact members are excited to see how our grant will help these teens build the foundation for their future success and involvement in our community.” 

Article By Denise Belzar, Write Idea Communications

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Applauding students from the first year of the Pathway Academy of Innovation at Project LIFT are (L-R) Elizabeth Barbella, CEO of the Martin County Community Foundation; Genevieve George, Arati Hammond and Nancy Wong of Impact 100 Martin; and Robin Cartwright of the Martin County Community Foundation. 

Impact 100 Martin empowers women to create positive change in our community through collective giving.  The organization is a giving circle within the Martin County Community Foundation.  Impact 100 Martin information and membership applications are available online at www.yourmccf.org/impact100martin

Project LIFT Pathway Academy of Innovation Class of 2018!

On Thursday, December 6th we had the honor of having a Graduation Ceremony for another 9 Project LIFT teens who completed their high school diplomas through our Pathway Academy of Innovation.  We also had our version of a “Signing Day”. Instead of it being the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport we had our graduates sign with new Employers or a School!  

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Project LIFT’s Pathway Academy of Innovation is a ground-breaking solution designed to address the needs of high-risk teens, who have dropped out of high school, attain their high school diploma while also focusing on vocational training, mental health and substance abuse issues to prepare them for the 21st Century workforce! With this unique approach we integrate the individual’s desired career pathway with high school curriculum while adding social-emotional support services. By offering a blend of on-line and on-site experiential learning, Project LIFT propels teens to graduation in less time and more efficiently than it would take them in a traditional classroom setting.

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Project LIFT was the recipient of Impact 100 Martin's first grant.  The Impact funding is being used to help launch Project LIFT's Pathway Academy of Innovation.  With the Impact 100 Martin grant, Project LIFT is expecting to facilitate 20 teens this year who otherwise would most likely not finish their education. 

Impact 100's Mission: To engage a dynamic group of women philanthropists to bring forth new resources aimed at enriching the community through strategic high-impact grant making; Impact 100 Martin will engage, develop, and inspire women to create change in our community.