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Crossroads Clients Learn Metalworking at The Steel Yard

Eight Crossroads Rhode Island clients recently participated in a one-week Metalworking Program designed to teach employable skills and increase eligibility for local jobs. The program was hosted by The Steel Yard in collaboration with Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan Corporation.

Students and instructors at the Steel Yard studio

Eight Crossroads Rhode Island clients recently participated in a Metalworking Program designed specifically for residents of Providence’s South Side who are living at, or below, the federal poverty line. The program, which was designed to teach participants employable skills and increase their eligibility for local jobs, was hosted by The Steel Yard in collaboration with Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan Corporation.

Over the course of the intensive one-week program, participants spent 30 hours working closely with highly skilled and experienced instructors learning how to safely operate tools commonly used in metalworking. They practiced their new skills by working on functional public art pieces.

In addition to technical skills, participants had the opportunity to develop teamwork, communication, consistency, self-esteem, project management, problem-solving, and follow-through skills.

The mission of the Steel Yard is to serve low-income Rhode Islanders by providing access to training, education, and facilities to learn and practice the industrial arts. Partnering with Crossroads Rhode Island's Education and Employment Services team to identify potential participants for this program allowed the Steel Yard to offer their services to the Providence residents most in need, while the participants gained in-demand skills to help them secure  employment and stable housing.



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