In the REBUILD globally Apprenticeship Program, few students have shown more determination, creativity, and raw talent than 17-year-old Stanley. A natural artist and craftsman, Stanley has excelled in the artisan and vocational trainings provided by our program. Often called “The Director” by his peers for his leadership abilities, Stanley always impresses us with his innovative use of recycled materials to make beautiful jewelry and art. In his own words, Stanley has “a vision.” He dreams of excelling as an artisan and providing a comfortable life for himself and those he loves.
Due to recent personal events, Stanley is now balancing being the head of his household with the demands of the 7th grade. With his father on his deathbed in a distant hospital and his mother nowhere to be found, the care of Stanley’s three young siblings, who range in age from 3 to 12, has fallen to him. When the REBUILD globally artisans learned of Stanley’s struggles they gathered together to help the young family with food and encouragement. Because RG pays its staff a living wage, it is possible for them to support each other in time of need without relying on outsider handouts.
REBUILD globally looks forward to the day when Stanley reaches the age of 18 and is hired on as a full time staff member. We know that his creative and artistic abilities will not only lead to even more beautiful, recycled RG products, but also to the advancement of his family and community. RG’s education and community development work allows vulnerable young people like Stanley to continue their education while providing for those that depend on their income. With his whole life ahead of him, we all know that Stanley will realize his “vision” due to his strength of character, artistic talents, and love for his family. REBUILD globally will also continue to provide the venue for go-getters like Stanley to succeed to their full potential.
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Apprenticeship Program Manager