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New program teaching vocational skills to young people currently accepting applications

A $100,000 grant awarded to the Rogue Valley Youth for Christ will help young people gain vocational training-- and possibly permanent employment. (Youth for Christ)

A $100,000 grant awarded to the Rogue Valley Youth for Christ will help young people gain vocational training-- and possibly permanent employment.

The grant was given by the Oregon Youth Development Council.

Youth for Christ's new program, called Real Life, is providing training and coaching for youth age 16 to 24 in high-demand industry fields including automotive, construction and metal sheet fabrication.

Applicants can be male or female, but must not have other employment.

The program's director says it's a way for people to test-drive different career options while improving their professional skills.

"All of u, as we kind of come into this world and begin to get into the work life-- we don't really know what we want to do," said Todd Sorensen, Real Life's Vocational Director. "We sort of learn what we don't like, you know. So this is also part of our program is to expose kids to multiple opportunities."

Each training program lasts twelve weeks and is followed by a three month internship. Participants will receive free training, equipment, internships or apprenticeships, and career coaching.

The first Real Life boot camp starts Jan. 22. Sorensen says the program is also looking for adults to act as mentors for participants. Mentors are not required to be trained in a vocational field, but would be responsible for encouraging participants to be successful in their chosen specialization.

If you would like to participate in training, apply by calling the Youth for Christ office at 541-779-3275.

You can learn more about becoming a mentor at the Real Life website. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your name and email address when prompted.


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