Youth Development Partnerships for Trade Careers

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Chattanooga organizations team up to show kids the value of learning a trade after graduation.

The Painters Local Union volunteered their services for free, painting the interior of the ‘Hope for the Inner City’ building.

Hope’s outreach program uses similar opportunities to give the youth a chance to see trades skills in action and while building relationships with the professionals.

Teenagers can get involved in trade programs before they turn 18.

“Between 18 and 25, it’s kind of a gap” said Anthony Watkins, Director of ‘Hope for the Inner City’. “Either you finish school and you get a job right away or you go to college but college is not for everybody. The skills in trades is something they can learn and ultimately work for someone then start their own business. So learning a trade, using their own hands to provide for themselves, can really create an opportunity or career for them to have a life that’s sustainable. You know, working everyday, have projects, and of course these guys are going to have families.”

To be involved in the programs, contact information is below:

Hope for the inner City- anthony@hope4theinnercity.org (423)-401-0899

Painters Local 226/437- jprill@iupatdc77.org (423)-698-4932

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