A single teen was living in the Independent Living Program through Children and Youth Services after a long history of placements since the age of 14.  He was not able to live at home due to his struggle with behavioral and mental health issues.  He enrolled in CAADC’s Building Trades Training Program at the age of 19.  During his application interview, he shared that he had anger that he was unable to control.  However, he was getting treatment to help him learn coping skills to better manage his anger.  He was about to phase out of the Independent Living Program though and was in need of training and a living wage job to support himself.

While in the Building Trades Training Program, he earned his OSHA and Lead Renovators Certifications.  He also completed introductory courses in electrical maintenance, plumbing, carpentry and fork lifting.  He received work-based learning experiences with CAADC’s maintenance, construction and weatherization departments.  He also completed financial literacy instruction, life skills training and job readiness workshops through the program.  The Program Manager also provided case management services to assist him with remediating his barriers to self-sufficiency.

He graduated from the program and secured full-time employment as a Maintenance Technician at a local apartment complex.  He is earning a living wage and purchased his own car.