Connecting Community with Opportunity
The Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation is a partnership between businesses and non-profit organizations to create opportunities for transformation through meaningful relationships, work, education, and community revitalization.
There are a variety of development activities available at the Center. Our staff focus on developing young adults, ages 14–24, to provide comprehensive support and assist them in enrolling at the Center.
Life Skills Support
A wide variety of employment options are offered in both individual and group settings to assist with career exploration, résumé building, interview training, and job searching. Youth may also be linked with internships, job shadows, and paid employment positions in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan. Opportunities for construction and landscaping, vocational training, and job placement are also available through Building Bridges Professional Services and YouthBuild.
Opportunities include educational workshops and assistance with college planning, the admission process, financial aid applications, GED courses, high school completion/credit recovery, finding student housing, navigating the leasing process and navigating community resources.
Leadership and Mentoring
Through our mentoring and leadership development program, youth will learn to understand what it takes to be a leader and are provided opportunities to embrace their own leadership skills and qualities. Youth are also challenged to get involved in their community as a venue for growing their skills and can also be matched with professional mentors, spiritual mentors, and academic tutors to support them.
Youth Development/Life Skills Classes
Courses are regularly provided to strengthen youth by building healthy decision-making skills, teaching financial literacy, and parenting/co-parenting skills. These classes will assist youth in personal development, transition skills, relationship building, and learning about connecting with their community.
The Center provides landscape maintenance and snow removal services at a free or reduced cost to low income seniors, engages youth in planning and implementing community development projects, and is engaged in the development of new social enterprises.
Want to get involved?
Please contact us for more information: 616.254.7739.