JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Today’s Youth Build graduation ceremony was filled with proud family members and friends supporting all their loved ones as they walked across the stage to receive their GEDs and diplomas.
More than 50 young adults who dropped out of high school were celebrated for their return and successful completion of an eight-month program.
He focused on several areas such as job training, leadership development and community service activities.
Graduates like Isaiah Jackson say the program got him out of trouble and gave him the opportunity to build a better future.
“It’s amazing! It took a long time to get here. I had to work really hard and overcome some obstacles that I had issues with,” Jackson said.
Mitchelle Carter, director of Youth Build, says the goal of programs like these is to give metro youth a second chance at life and help them stay off the streets.
“We are delighted to have these students,” Carter said. “They came to us with different backgrounds. This is the West Jackson CDC effort to get these kids off the streets and deflect crime.
The program director says they plan to start recruiting for the next round of courses in September.
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