Our Training Changes Lives

 

My Brother’s Workshop is a non-profit Virgin Islands charitable corporation.  It has been organized to provide hope, faith, and purpose to at-risk and high-risk young people in the USVI by offering mentoring, counseling, paid job training, education, and job placement.

These efforts are being made in association with other local and national groups functioning with purposes consistent with those listed below.  The program focuses on youth, both male and female, ages 16-24 who have dropped out of school, are marginally literate, and live in poverty or are homeless. Many of these individuals have been involved in gang or gang related activities or/and have a juvenile criminal record.

 

 

The objectives of the program include:

  • Mentoring the youth while they are in the program through positive reinforcement, moral values, respect, and trust from the trainers, staff, volunteers, and board of directors.
  • Mental health counseling through human service’s existing programs and volunteer counselors that can focus on identifying specific issues such as anger management, domestic violence, and substance abuse.
  • Paid job training through specific industries that are proven economical outlets in the US Virgin Islands such as construction and small trade skills like woodworking, plumbing, masonry, and carpentry.  Hospitality and tourism including: service, cooking, baking, housekeeping, maintenance, and retail.
  • Education through GED tutoring, re-acclimate the youth back into traditional high school programs and consider non-traditional schooling such as a charter program that can be hosted on the MBW property and can be funded through educational grants and private funding.
  • Job placement opportunities for the individuals as they graduate the program and have been deemed transformed emotionally, socially, and skillfully.  And offer job placement assistance such as resume building, interview training, and communication skills.