How You are Sparking Hope for At-Risk Youth

man working in garage
Categories: Articles, Blog, Feature, Mobile, Newswire

Like a spark from a welding torch, Trades Start has ignited Jacob’s passion and direction in life. The 17-year-old high school student is learning how to weld through Trades Start, a 12-week education and life-skills program established by The Salvation Army in Wiarton, Ont., to help at-risk youth.

“I can’t be in an office and sit at a desk all day. I like to be active, and I work better on my feet instead of sitting around,” Jacob says.

There are four young adults currently enrolled in the welding program at the training centre. In just two weeks, the students learn essential basic welding skills. Once completed, they can take a test to become a qualified welder.

“This is a wonderful partnership with The Salvation Army as it equips individuals with an opportunity to pursue a career while they build personal goals to succeed in the long-term,” says welding instructor Tom Cordick.

After their training, participants receive personal case management through The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program that provides targeted services to families, changes life trajectories and increases hope.

Thanks to the support of donors like you, the students are offered guidance with setting realistic and appropriate goals, assistance with resume writing, job search and essential life-skills instruction.