New Rochelle teens get hands-on training through vocational program

Some teens in New Rochelle are putting their summer vacation to good use by receiving hands-on vocational training.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2021, 9:58 PM

Updated 1,067 days ago

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Some teens in New Rochelle are putting their summer vacation to good use by receiving hands-on vocational training.
The program was made possible by the Booker T. Washington Vocational Institute in New Rochelle.
Miriam Bass, 14, is a participant and says she felt the necessity to join.
"I think what drew me to it was because I want to build my own house, and make stuff for myself, be able to fix things instead of asking other people to do it, 'cause I like to be independent,” says the teenager.
The eight-week program allows teens to learn everything from how to build tables and dry walls, to spearheading electrical and plumbing.
New Rochelle High School athlete Jakhi Clarke understand the value the program brings.
"Honestly when I get older…I want to do something in sports. But of course, construction is something I would love to do because I have experience with it. I have family members in the business too,” says Clarke.
The program’s director, Joe Mott, tells News 12 it’s all about experience and exposure, saying in part, “Our vision is to give vision."
Mott says allowing young teens to join is a tactical move.
“The need for a job is not as acute. However, they can still get a spark, a lighting bulb go off and they can say, 'You know what, this is something I love,'” says Mott.


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