Ombudsman students repair car, rebuild future

Date: September 24, 2010

Congratulations to Latasha, Robert C. Robert P. and Zach, four of our Youth Advancement Academy students in Kalamazoo. They recently completed an internship program with a local auto body shop:

Latasha Cameron doesn’t like getting dirty. She goes to great lengths to make sure her hair and clothing are “just right.” So when the announcement came that students would be interviewed for an auto body internship at Rushmore Body Co., she wasn’t seen as a likely candidate.

But just six weeks later, she was handed her Certificate of Completion and a bonus gift certificate for perfect attendance during an awards ceremony for students who completed the program.

“This internship program is about more than auto body repair,” said Bill Chapman, a member of the Youth Advancement Academy board. “This program teaches students a skill, then teaches them how they can use what they learn in their own lives. It gives students a second chance to prove themselves with others gave up on them.”

Read the full story here.

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