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									MEDIA ADVISORY                                          Contact: Stacey Mink
June 7, 2011                                                     (410) 962-5707

      JUVENILE DIVERSION PROGRAM THAT TEACHES BUILDING SKILLS
                       CELEBRATES GRADUATION

      Graduation to take place in Family League’s new Conference Center,
                          built by program graduates

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Secretary of Juvenile Services Secretary
                  Sam Abed, Judge Robert Kershaw to Speak

Editors' note: Due to the Project CRAFT students’ legal status, their faces
cannot be filmed, they can’t be identified by name and they may not discuss their
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WHAT: State and local officials will cut the ribbon to open the Family League’s
new conference center and honor the seven young people who built the center
as they graduate from Project CRAFT

WHO:     Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Secretary Sam Abed,
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, The Honorable Robert B. Kershaw,
Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, Family League of Baltimore City
CEO Kevin Keegan

WHEN:       Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 pm

WHERE: Family League of Baltimore City, 2305 N. Charles Street, Suite 200,
Baltimore, MD

Project CRAFT (Community Restitution and Apprenticeship Focused Training) is
a construction training program for young people who have been adjudicated
from the Baltimore City juvenile courts. Students earn a Pre-Apprenticeship
Certificate, nationally recognized by the Department of Labor, and are
encouraged to earn their GED and pursue further education and job
opportunities.

Project CRAFT teaches students about construction math, tools, carpentry,
plumbing, electrical and other construction skills along with job readiness and
employability. The graduates are young people in the juvenile justice system who
might have otherwise been sent to costly out-of-state placements. Each program
participant is involved with GED prep through the Baltimore City Community




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College and some students are already taking college classes in computer
drafting programs.

Project CRAFT students work for Baltimore nonprofit groups in need of building
or rehab services. Their projects have included installing walls, ceilings and
flooring at the Clara Muhammad School and installing a new ramp, stairwell,
carpet and siding for the Choice Program.

The Family League’s new conference center provides low-cost conference,
training and board-room facilities with the latest in meeting technology. The
flexible space features three different meeting spaces, two of which combine to
seat a maximum of 75 people. The students from Project CRAFT installed
insulation, doors, electricity and windows made by the students.

Project CRAFT is part of the Family League’s Ready by 21 Compact, which is
providing paid employment and support to Baltimore’s most vulnerable high
school students as they reach adulthood. Project CRAFT is a project of the
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Maryland Department of Human
Resources/Baltimore City Department of Social Services and Baltimore’s Safe &
Sound Campaign with private funding from the Open Society Institute—
Baltimore.

About The Family League of Baltimore City:
The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc. is a non-profit, quasi-governmental
organization mandated by the City and State to provide resource coordination
and development, and to inform, prioritize, and implement strategies that will
improve the well-being of Baltimore’s children, youth and families. The Family
League believes that by providing leadership, creating public/private
partnerships, leveraging funding, and using data to drive decisions, we will
improve outcomes in our neighborhoods and communities.

About The Home Builders Institute (HBI) is the 501(c)3 affiliate of the National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that provides training, mentoring,
curriculum development and job placement services in support of the housing
industry. As the workforce development arm of NAHB, HBI has prepared youth
and adults for residential construction careers for more than 40 years.




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