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Right Path Program Beaumont, Texas

November 5, 2015


Right Path Program Beaumont was established in June 2015.  The mission of the program is to provided young adults with financial assistance for enrollment to Lamar Institute of Technology.

 

Unfortunately, the Beaumont community has seen a growing population of young men and women that are unskilled, poorly educated, and lacking the necessary tools to gain meaningful employment.  Many of these individuals are more likely to participate in criminal activity.  With this in mind, CCEF has developed a new initiative called the Right Path Program - Beaumont (RPP), to directly address the needs of this target group. This, in turn, will benefit our community by allowing participants the opportunity of education/training so that they may become productive, law abiding, and tax paying citizens. We have identified specific job industries within the community and will ultimately provide skilled employees to said industries. To date, we have placed 34 students at the Lamar Institute of Technology, with help from one of our key partners, Mr. Ron Goodman of the Charlton-Pollard Neighborhood Association, where approximately 90% of the participants have come from. Others we have partnered with thus far are the Lamar Institute of Technology, Communities in Schools, the Beaumont Police Department, the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Solutions-Southeast Texas, Goodwill Industries of SE TX & SW LA and the Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc., at Lamar University.  We have also met with Exxon/Mobil and received favorable results as well as a monetary contribution. We have about 50% participation by women of which several are single mothers and the training/education they are receiving will allow them the opportunity to provide a better life for their children. We are providing mentoring and workshops to better assist applicants upon entering the workforce. With the partnerships already in place and ones we are continuously seeking, we stand to make a positive impact in addressing the ongoing issues of unemployment, workforce readiness, and criminal activity. We believe it is vital to take a pro-active approach, rather than re-active as other communities have had to do in recent times. We as a community must come together to make Beaumont a better place for future generations. Our community, as a whole, needs and deserves to come together to battle the ongoing issues within the community. In the words of Frederick Douglas, “It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men.”