7 day per week programming
Our traditional after school and summer program runs year round. Vocational and job-readiness skills are taught in a rich environment that encourages positive youth development.
KMI also offers classes during school hours for youth that have been suspended long-term. This program is done in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment Services (YES). These youth enjoy the same level of programming available to our after school children.
Weekend Woodworking is available for youth who are interested in a higher level of skill development in a smaller group setting.
Through our staff social worker and the UNCW Department of Social Work, KMI offers job-readiness and life-skills training to our older youth. We further work with our older youth individually to help them transition successfully from high school into the workforce or higher education.
The regular KMI programming provides the foundation for basic vocational training in the fields of woodworking and building construction. Although many of our youth want to go to college, many others want to enter the workforce right after high school. Therefore, we provide training in our woodworking shop on all the tradition tools and machinery. We also offer training on two state-of-the-art woodworking machine systems which interface computer technology with woodworking.
Job Placement and Supportive Services
Many of the youth we have worked with throughout the years are now graduating from high school, and now face an uncertain future. We work with our youth and their families to help them transition successfully from school into either higher education or the workforce. We offer job-readiness classes to our youth, and strive to work with each youth individually to help them successfully navigate their lives beyond high school.
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In 2008, we partnered with a worldwide company with a Wilmington facility. They have instituted a apprenticeship program and have hired three of our older youth as their first participants. Our youth now work with them full-time, with good pay and benefits. The company is also paying their tuition and expenses to pursue degrees in their job-specific fields at Cape Fear Community College.
We continue to seek partnerships with local businesses and professionals to work with our youth.