The first session of the Job Xceleration program has come to an end. It has been a very eventful 8 weeks for the young men in the program and myself.

We had a total of 5 youth who completed the program. In addition to over 144 hours of classroom training time, we managed to have a little fun, from pizza parties to trips to the movies, sponsored by Royal Palm 20 Movie Theater. We taught our young men how to be independent by riding the MCAT bus system. We went over maps, routes, bus stations, transferring buses and time management. We followed up with an actual bus trip from their school Horizon to the Desoto Mall.

We have had a host of teachers, community leaders and business owner who have come to share their skills and past experiences with the kids. We helped these young men develop their resumes, which they received the last week followed by Mock interviews.

There are so many people that have made the first session possible. We would like to thank the Sarasota Jail Chaplain team, Manatee County Boys & Girls Club team, Youth For Christ team, Cynthia Helwig-Putori, Wilma and Alex Figueroa, David Hollett, Skip Purdy and Michael Van Buskirk and special thanks to Pirate City facility staff and crew.

Adrian Mays, Program Director

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