Local At-Risk Youth Graduate from Work and Life Skills Program

Youth and Family Services of Union City is currently seeking employers to sponsor two young men who have recently completed a pre-apprentice construction program in an effort to turn their lives around.

From The City of Union City's Youth and Family Services:

After 16 weeks of getting up early every weekday morning beginning in Union City and arriving in West Oakland promptly at  8 a.m. in order to actively participate in 8 hours of training, Ben Escatel and Jarred Cole graduated Cypress Mandela Training Center on October 11. They are the number seven and eight clients from Youth and Family Services of Union City (YFS) to successfully complete the program. 

Cypress Mandela Training Center provides pre-apprentice construction and life skills training.

These two young men have made mistakes in the past, but they are currently focused on making positive choices for their future in order to provide for their families and to inspire other peers who are facing similar obstacles. 

On their graduation, they thanked Youth and Family Services for their support in their lives and linking them with this program. These two young men are motivated to begin a career in the building trades. They are currently looking for contractors to pick them up to sponsor them. These young Men are prepared to embark in this new career and represent themselves as positive examples of what Cypress Mandela and Youth and Family Services have prepared them for.

If you would like to sponsor these young men in the construction trades, please contact YFS Employment Coordinator Fabiola Camarillo at (510) 675-5820.

Michael Leal October 17, 2012 at 06:17 AM
My employer Victory Fire Protection may want to pick these to young men up if they are interested in learning the Fire Sprinkler Trade. If they are interested I could give them more details @ my email is michaelanthony_leal@yahoo.com if they are interested
Edward October 17, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Greenhaven Apartments in Union City is looking for Maintenance men to maintain and repair their aging apartments. 510-471-4952
Chantelle Alvarez October 18, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I don't have a job to offer these young men, but I am their neighbor and want to say how much of a change I've seen in them both! With odds stacked again.st them, they have fought for a better ending to their stories and we are very proud of them both. We hope and pray they will be sponsored by companies that will recognize their potential and invest in their future. Ben and Jarred- don't limit yourselves. Aim for the stars!!! We love you. From the Alvarez Casa


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