Workforce development that supports ECONOMIC GROWTH & Changes lives
In partnership with the Department of Labor, in 2013, St. Croix Foundation hired unemployed Virgin Islands youth to participate in a workforce development and beautification initiative in which selected candidates actively learn the latest painting techniques through classroom instruction and on-the-job training.
Currently in its second cycle, this program offers unemployed Virgin Islands youth the opportunity to learn and grow while also providing face-lifts to properties in downtown historic Christiansted. Upon completion of the program and passing the test, all participants receive a nationally recognized certificate from the National Center for Construction Education and Research that can be presented to any contractor throughout the United States. As an example of our leadership strategy to rebuilding our towns, this is the first of many projects that we are seeking to expand throughout the Territory.
St. Croix Foundation is leveraging our annual fundraiser, St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, into a vocational internship program. In 2013, three Executive Chefs from the social media giant, Facebook, took part in the Food and Wine Experience and the results have been dramatic: contract positions for several St. Croix youth and the development of an official Youth Internship Program that has now expanded to provide more training and exposure for youth on St. Croix. To date, four interns have traveled to Menlo Park in California to intern at Facebook’s corporate headquarters and the opportunities now include internships at a renowned Hawaiian restaurant and beyond.