Green-up Bridgeport

 

Green-up Bridgeport

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Early this year, Pivot petitioned to participate in a “green jobs” initiative called “Green-Up Bridgeport .”  This project was designed to provide individuals with “green jobs” training and ultimately make them more competitive and employable in energy efficiency or renewable energy industries.  Individuals who are unemployed, who have not yet received a High School Diploma, and/or who have a criminal record qualify for this job training program.  By assisting each individual to acquire what is needed to be more employable, it is our aim that they become economically self-sufficient and independent. Understanding the difficulties associated with securing job training, employment, and job retention, this project is an excellent opportunity for Pivot men who generally meet at least one if not all three of the qualifying criteria.
 
Since April of this year, Pivot has enrolled 10 men into the program.  As a provider, Pivot will administer case management services its Green-Up participants as well as monitor the progress of each participant.  Our students have completed their core survey training and will begin on-the-job training in or around August this year.

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(From Left to Right) Chris Wertz, Elvin Rodriguez, Karl Dye, Andrew Underwood, Elias Castro, and Mario Granderson)
 
 
The Green-Up venture compliments our effort to build and operate a full-scale greenhouse on our campus grounds.  Green job training and placement in agriculture, horticulture, and landscaping will be a part of the green house project.  In addition to providing jobs in-house, the green house will be a source by which we can generate revenue to further support the needs of the ministry.
 
The “Green-Up Bridgeport” program truly “Promises seasons of hope and change as the men find hope in their training that will change their lives personally and economically.