New Haven Job Corps Students have a dream about their future, and they shared that dream with hundreds of community members, organizations, and schools in downtown New Haven that participated in an event which was a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King who 50 years ago made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, DC. The Future Project, a national movement that began in the city three years ago that challenges students to turn their dreams into projects that “change the world”, sponsored the event.
Students set up displays representing each of the six trades offered at the New Haven Job Corps Center and explained to dream seekers, how their trade was influencing their vision of a career in that field.
Garth Harries, the city’s new superintendent of schools challenges the Carpentry Job Corps students in a hammer contest. “This is a new school year, and you can just feel the dreams that everyone has, stated Harries. “My dream is that all of you will rise. You know what is in your head; you know what is in your heart.
Job Corps has served more than 3 million out-of-work young adults and underserved youth nationally achieve their dreams. Many are high-school dropouts or public-assistance recipients, and Job Corps helps them become active contributors to their communities. For more information on the New Haven Job Corps Center, call (203) 907-4300.