The DC4 CRAFT site was visited last month by Drug Czar John P. Walters, director of National Drug Control Policy, to see how the program is turning around the lives of young drug offenders.
CRAFT students at DC4 are older than students in other CRAFT programs and go through a more intense curriculum that includes mentoring and extensive case management.
During the one-year extension, further research will be conducted to document the success of CRAFT through a comparison of the wages, employment and recidivism rates of its enrollees with their counterparts outside of the program.
Since Project CRAFT was established in 2002 through a grant from the Department of Labor’s Youth Offender Demonstration program, 60 students have received pre-apprenticeship, construction skills training and graduated to industry jobs paying an average starting wage of $8.30 an hour.
For more information on Project CRAFT, e-mail Dennis Torbett at HBI, or call him at 800-795-7955 x8908.
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