Providing Self-Sufficiency for the Future
Education is the bridge out of poverty. The children treated by Nexus need job
skills to be successful, and we are committed to making that happen. Last year,
291 students participated in vocational activities across Nexus sites, learning auto
maintenance and repair, carpentry, woodworking, food service, lawn care, and
snow removal through introductory and certified training courses.
Vocational Capital Campaign
• We engaged in a capital campaign to raise more than $1.5 million to build
a vocational training center for the male youth at Woodbourne Center
and the surrounding Baltimore community. Donors and Maryland state
agencies made the center a reality. It is scheduled to open in 2018, giving
young men job training in carpentry, STEM, and auto mechanics.
Learning Skills while Giving Back
• Male and female youth worked approximately 4,300 total hours at Indian
Oaks Academy and the surrounding communities:
• Beginning and finishing a home with Habitat for Humanity
• Unloading food each week for local food banks and pantries
• Distributing food for the Salvation Army during the holidays
• Helping to maintain Camp Shaw Wa Na See Camp and the Kankakee
Valley Forest Preserve
• Donors helped us begin a kitchen expansion for the Onarga Cornerstone
Cafe, which provides critical food preparation and service skills for the
male youth at Onarga Academy.
• 43 male youth received certification in food handling and safety at
Onarga Academy, opening up new opportunities to get jobs. Boys were
also trained in industrial arts and automotive maintenance.
Daily Living Skills
• Gifts from donors helped us purchase a Charlie Cart to teach basic
cooking life skills to the boys at Mille Lacs Academy. Of the 40 boys who
worked with the Charlie Cart, 85% said their cooking skills had improved.
For a Brighter Future