he Kids of 216 supports summer instruction and employment for at-risk youth interested in vocational trades programs in an effort to assist our future workers and leaders to better higher education and career paths.
The Kids of 216 supports summer instruction and employment for at-risk youth interested in vocational trades programs in an effort to assist our future workers and leaders to better higher education and career paths.
Our unique model of on-the-job vocational training is simple: we employ the area to improve the area. By teaching students through projects in their own neighborhoods, they not only learn practicable job skills, but respect and responsibility for the work done and budgets invested. Most importantly, students have a sense of ownership after completing residential renovations and community projects. The Kids of 216 is rebuilding homes and rebuilding lives.
The goal of our organization is to help students who may not be interested in traditional college transition out of high school and into the workforce. Our programming combines viable job skill sets with progressive life skills that prepare students to be engaged and active Cleveland residents. This model is an unprecedented approach to both economic and workforce development and community revitalization. We hope that as our students are employed to renovate homes and areas in their own neighborhoods, the Cleveland Metropolitan area sees improvements in teen-to-resident relations and an enhanced quality of life for neighborhood residents.
We expect to train and transition 30 students per year into full-time, benefited careers. Each cohort of students completes one community project and one residential renovation as a part of their job skills training.