Voyage of Wilmington, Kids Making It Gives Teens a Work Experience
Wilmington nonprofits Voyage of Wilmington and Kids Making It, with support from Bank of America, continue to increase the number of local high school students who gain valuable paid work experience each summer and pursue opportunities. graduate studies and a career.
Voyage, formerly known as the Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Violence Prevention, was established in 2008 in response to the prevalence of youth violence in the North End neighborhood of downtown Wilmington. Voyage leads collaborative efforts that enrich the lives of youth in the Northside community through workforce development.
Kids Making It, a non-profit carpentry organization that teaches professional, entrepreneurial and life skills to at-risk, low-income and disadvantaged youth, is also playing a major role. With a variety of programs for youth of all ages, such as skilled trades, apprenticeships and extracurricular activities, Kids Making It uses its boutique and retail store to build self-confidence and interest in academic success. . Kids Making It helps identify job sites for high school students in the summer job program.
2020 graduate Shameka Richardson has participated in the summer employment program for three consecutive summers as an assistant in the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office. Growing up, Richardson had always imagined becoming a criminal defense lawyer. Her professional experience through Travel gave her a better understanding of how psychology and mental health play a role in criminology, which led her to change course and pursue a degree in psychology at Johnson and Wales University. Richardson has just completed his first year of college and plans to return to speak with younger teens about the importance of participating in the summer employment program.
In addition to hands-on work experience, participants will take part in mock interviews and roundtables with various professionals from various career fields. A graduation ceremony and celebration will take place in early August.