The Jeremiah Project; where men are interviewed for placement on the track that provides personal/group counseling, casework services and, trains them for certification by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and listed on the NCCER National Registry, via the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). New Legacy is an authorized as an NCCER/ABC Accredited Training Unit.
The impact of this program
These men must show up regularly, and on time, for classes necessary for them to meet national standards for certification. These men concurrently need on-the-job experience to improve their skills and options for gainful employment. While this has been available through New Legacy and partnerships with local contractors, these men have not had the opportunity to use and develop their skills seeing a project through to the end.
What better way to do this than to put them to work with mentors rehabbing condemned houses for the benefit of the community, the city and the careers/lives of these men? The counseling and on-going instruction that build healthy behaviors and lives can continue while this process progresses, and these FORMER offenders can fully evaluate how a construction career could bring them gainful employment as well as an opportunity to give back to others. Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.