“I’m hoping we can start turning the numbers around right here in Polk County,” Charles said.
And he’s committed to doing just that – even if it means digging into his own time, money, and resources.
“If I can’t find someone to help me teach ‘em, I teach it. If I’m not teaching, I’m picking kids up,” Charles said. “Right now, we’re teaching home remodeling and we have a body shop that teaches the paint and body side, the mechanics side, and a little bit of welding.”
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It’s not just trade skills that these young adults pick up on in their time working with Charles. Often times, many of these youth lack the structure and guidance needed to properly navigate life’s tumultuous turns. Charles never doubts their ability, though.
“We don’t fire ‘em,” Charles said. “We talk with ‘em, ya know. We depend on them.”
For as often as Charles and his team would like to be there to help, the financial cost of each student in his program remains the most significant burden holding them back from doing more. From hourly pay to providing the most expensive tier of workman’s comp, the expenses add up.