Thanks in part to funding from United Way of Greater L.A., the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) – along with the L.A. Trade Technical College and YouthBuild Charter School of California – recently presented its graduating class of 2012 with their long-awaited high school diplomas.
With the goal of fostering a safe and economically vibrant community where impoverished youths have the chance to thrive, CRCD offers students (aged 16 to 24) an expedited path to earning a diploma as well as industry-recognized credentials in the fields of construction and green-building.
According to Kirsten Grimm, Director of Grants and Programs, CRCD’s primary mission is closely aligned with that of United Way’s – making the partnership between the two organizations an extremely beneficial one for all sectors of the community.
“CRCD provides a pathway out of poverty for low-income residents by creating opportunities for them to further their education, prepare for their careers and contribute to neighborhood revitalization,” she said. “Our partnership with United Way allows us to establish high-quality workforce development programs for these underserved youths and to utilize their great talent and energy to meet the needs of Los Angeles’ employers.”
*Photo courtesy of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development
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