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.
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.
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.