Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future: New Programs at Sabathani
At Sabathani Community Center, we believe in the boundless potential of our youth. In a world that is ever evolving, we recognize the importance of equipping young minds with the tools they need to thrive, not just today, but in the future that awaits them. That’s why we are excited to introduce two groundbreaking programs that provide not only essential skills but also avenues for positive focus, enriching connections, and viable career pathways.
Open Doors: A Path to Drone Mastery
Picture soaring through the skies, harnessing the power of technology to drive a thrilling career. Open Doors, our drone training program, is designed for individuals aged 16 to 25 who are eager to take flight in a new and exhilarating career.
Led by instructor Dr. Remi Douah, this program offers participants a chance to explore the intricacies of drone operation, leading the way to becoming licensed drone pilots. The possibilities that come with this skill set are limitless — surveying landscapes, aiding in search and rescue operations, or capturing breathtaking aerial footage for films and events.
But we don’t stop there. Open Doors is not just about technical training. We aim to keep our youth active and inspired by giving them access to our gym on designated days. It’s about holistic development and fostering a passion for learning beyond the classroom.
This program is supported through funding from Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department and Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation. As the program develops, we’ll open it up to a younger age bracket of 10 to 15 participate in youth advisory council with monthly drone workshop, contests, and more.
The first four-month session begins on October 17, 2023 and meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8pm. Secure your spot in this transformative program and embark on a journey that can shape a promising future.
Environmental Sustainability Academy: Building a Greener Tomorrow
In our commitment to sustainability and community development, we present the Environmental Sustainability Academy (ESA). This 13-week paid training program is designed for youth aged 18 to 24 who live in a three-mile radius of George Floyd Square.
Under the guidance of architect Andrew McGlory, participants in the ESA will delve into a comprehensive curriculum, preparing to become certified home energy auditors to insulation installers. This program not only offers an industry-recognized credential in Building Science Principles (BSP) but also compensates participants with a stipend of $175 per week.
This program is supported through funding from Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department. As this program develops, we’ll open it up to younger ages 14 to 17 to take part in quarterly conferences with job shadowing.
Like Open Doors, the first session of the ESA begins October 17, 2023 and meets weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8pm. Spaces are limited, so sign up today.
Supporting Our Youth: A Collective Endeavor
Sabathani CEO Scott Redd says, “Sabathani is excited to partner with the community to bring highly sought after careers to South Minneapolis. Both of these career opportunities offer great wages and provide excellent career pathways.”
At Sabathani Community Center, we understand that supporting our youth isn’t just about offering programs — it’s a commitment to empowering the leaders of tomorrow. These programs are crafted with the mission to provide positive focus, foster connections within the community, and guide our youth toward a fulfilling career.
We invite you to spread the word and share this exciting news with any community youth or families who may benefit from these programs. Together, let’s empower our community and shape a future that’s sustainable, inspiring, and filled with promise.