The NextGen Trades Academy is for students who may not have the opportunity to go to college. We train and help students find gainful employment in the trades fields and provide a workforce for local contractors.

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our NextGen Trades Academy this fall at Youth Connections! If you are male or female between the ages of 16-24 and have an interest in the trades, or maybe just not sure what you want to be when you grow up… how about being a plumber, an architect or one of many other high demand careers in the trades? NextGen Trades Academy will help you make that decision and connect you with local contractors who are ready to interview you for a position with their company. Deadline for applications is September 7. Open to current Youth Connections students.

Student Testimonials

“Honestly, this program is AMAZING! It not only got me ready to work but taught me a lot about growing up and taught me how to act and handle different situations in the grown up world!”

Chops Teen Club Summer 2018 NextGen Graduate

“I am more observant to what is required to live the standard of life we live in & am less likely to take them for granted. After doing this program I have been given a new truth – there are 14 different trades required to live this way & thousands of people who built it. We must appreciate them for they built our lives to be better, cleaner & safer.” 

SAY Dream Center NextGen Graduate



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