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Guest Blogger:  Nathan Beals, JobStrart Coordinator


We all have dreams. I talked to a young man today who dreams of owning a home and a car and sharing it with a future wife someday. Another young man said that he just wants to get off the streets, have a fresh start and make a living in a job he can be proud of. Another is a dad who dreams of providing better opportunities for his children. These young men who are a part of JobStart are working to overcome barriers and are beating the odds and are some of the most brave and courageous men I know.

We believe that these young men should not give up on their dreams. We believe that these young men deserve the support and encouragement it takes to overcome challenges and realize their dreams. We believe that these men are a gift to our community and should be valued as such. In them lies the potential to not only accomplish their dreams but to be someone who walks along a brother in similar circumstances to support them in their quest and change their community.

JobStart is an initiative that was birthed over two years ago by community stakeholders in response to extremely disproportionate unemployment rates and poverty rates of young men of color ages 18 – 24 in our community. JobStart is more than just employment training and it is more than a check. We are developing a community that transforms lives.

What dreams do you have and how can you be a part of helping these men accomplish theirs?