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FRESH START FOR 26 WORCESTER AREA RESIDENTS

A fresh start has been given to 26 Worcester area residents through "Fresh Start," a workforce development project led by Quinsigamond Community College. This project provides culinary training and job placement to individuals experiencing barriers to employment. All participants received ServSafe Food Handler Certification, FEAST Food & Equipment Safety, MA Allergen Awareness Training, and their Fresh Start Certificate. These skills will help them enter the food service industry, where demand for trained workers has grown significantly in recent years. The Worcester Regional Food Hub worked with QCC to set up an information session for the graduates with area employers. The graduates were a

YouthGROWers HELP EACH OTHER MAKE BIG DECISIONS

Once a YouthGROWer, always a YouthGROWer. As the current YouthGROWers who are Juniors and Seniors in High School prepare to decide what their next steps are, three YouthGROW alumni returned to share their experiences, answer questions, and help to make their friends' journeys as smooth as possible. Chad McClain, Kiara Sanchez, and Justin Amevor came back to their old stomping grounds on Monday, January 23rd for the YouthGROW College Access Retreat. This retreat was all about encouraging YouthGROWers to think about the bright futures they have in front of them. During the retreat we asked the youth to reflect on major moments in their lives and then imagine where they see themselves in five y

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