On Thursday, October 7, 2021, six (6) students graduated from the Quincy YouthBuild Program, operated by Training Resources of America, Inc. (TRA). The COVID-19 friendly ceremony took place at the TRA’s Quincy’s office, at 1515 Hancock St #205, Quincy, MA 02169.

The graduates, ages 17 to 22, included: Enzo Barros of Boston (18), Amari Casey of Kingston (18), Abraham Early of Quincy (18), Mikel Mazaraani of Quincy (22), Owen O’Handley of Quincy (18), and Allister Santo from Quincy (20).

Quincy YouthBuild provides comprehensive training to young people ages 16 to 24 that meet low-income guidelines, are not in school, have not received a high school diploma or High School Equivalency, or are basic skills deficient, and demonstrate a willingness to work hard for personal and community change.

Students received instruction in High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) or Penn Foster preparation, self-esteem, life, work readiness, and leadership skills, including community service opportunities.

In addition to working towards attaining their High School Equivalency credentials, students earned OSHA (Safety), and Home Builder’s Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (HBI-PACT – Carpentry Skills) certificates. This class has worked on construction projects with NeighborWorks of Southern New England, St. Marks Church, Father Bills, and at the USS Quincy.

TRA President & CEO, Kim Radcliffe, Program Manager, Mike McGee, and their instructors joined family, friends, and staff in celebrating the young peoples’ many accomplishments.

According to graduate Enzo Barros who delivered the Student Address, “I’m extremely grateful to be here today, at this moment, with my classmates. During this program, I have learned to be more responsible in my decision-making skills. I appreciate the YouthBuild staff helping me throughout this experience.”

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