Youth Outreach Services obtained the property for its Nontraditional Career Center in November 2013 and we are moving forward with our plans. Our vision is that our Nontraditional Career Center will serve the at risk community by providing job readiness, vocational, entrepreneurial and apprenticeship training. We will provide a means by which those who otherwise may not have the opportunity can realize their dreams can come true; and their present situation does not determine their permanent destination. We will accomplish this through our facilities in three (3) phases.
Phase One is the renovation of the present building into the Nontraditional Career Center. The Nontraditional Career Center will include six (6) incubator businesses which will provide job training, apprenticeship and entrepreneurial training to its participants; who will also be the employees of the business. The proceeds from each business will sustain the training program by providing the salaries for the instructors and students, as well as the stipends for the trainees. The incubator businesses which will operate within the Nontraditional Career Center will be – Catering & Coffee Shop, Barber Shop & Beauty Salon, Automotive Detailing, Automobile Maintenance & Small Engine Repair, General Contracting and Landscaping.
We have entered into a contract for the completion of Phase One. Demarco Lamar is presently working with us to draw up our plans. Mark Hart, owner of M&R Home Improvement, will perform the renovations. We would like to thank Demarco Lamar for providing these conceptual elevation drawings and floorplans, as it has been a tremendous helping us put our eyes on the vision.
During Phase Two, the Multipurpose Room will be added to the facility. The Multipurpose Room will serve as a gymnasium and television productions will also occur there on the stage. The Hall of Fame will be located within the Multipurpose Room, where we will display the logos of businesses that have been financially instrumental in making this all possible, by sponsoring students through our programs. The Hall of Fame will also be visible during any television production which is recorded in the Multipurpose Room.
Phase Three will be the construction of the Social Entrepreneurship Business Mentor Center. The facility will be designed and constructed by the George Mason University Student Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Tyler Malejko is the President of this DBIA Chapter of George Mason University. This accomplishes our vision of engaging college students in community outreach and social change, as well as creating social entrepreneurs. We will publish our conceptual plans once they have been drafted.