Instructor Jeffrey Davies observes student Kyle working on the lathe.

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.

Through our staff social worker, Apprentice Program and Skill Trades Program 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.

Vocational Training

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.

We continue to seek partnerships with local businesses and professionals to work with our youth.