The goal of our Eye of the Tiger Program is to strengthen the emotional, mental, and social development of the participants by learning how to build better relationships with God, self, others, and creation through various work environments. Young men participate in work projects where they can learn basic skills in carpentry, electrical wiring, and plumbing along with the art of customer service. Young women learn various office skills from keyboarding and office programs to filing and data organization in a professional, organized environment. Participants learn about career options and develop marketable skills which improve their income earning potential. Program supervisors offer a Christian model of servant leadership as they seek to develop each young person’s potential.
Additional funding has enabled economically disadvantaged youth to study under experienced contractors who teach carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring and other basic home maintenance skills. In the past three years, Tiger Pause participants have led or played a major role in local building projects. Students have constructed five new homes and were instrumental in turning an older house into a coffee shop that serves the downtown community. Youth also completed more than 300 feet of commercial concrete sidewalks for businesses and institutions in the area and a nine-hole miniature golf course.