WILMINGTON, Delaware, Feb. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In partnership with Barclays US Consumer Bank, The Warehouse, a service partner of The WRK Group – which also includes REACH Riverside and Kingswood Community Center – yesterday announced the official launch off of RISE, The Warehouse’s flagship program. The event featured a $500,000 check giveaway from Barclays, RISE’s biggest supporter.
RISE, which stands for Reaching and Investing in Youth for Sustainable Employment, is a 26-week paid program that provides teens and young adults, ages 14-24, with the skills needed to secure sustainable employment.
“At The WRK Group, we are very grateful to partners like Barclays who are committed to investing in the next generation of young professionals,” said Logan S. Herring, Sr., CEO of The WRK Group. “This investment is especially important as we continue to celebrate Black History Month. By investing in the youth of Riverside, Barclays has demonstrated its dedication to creating a fairer playing field where teenagers and young adults from color can achieve financial and professional success. Thank you Barclays for your investment.”
The first eight weeks of RISE are dedicated to developing soft skills such as financial literacy, time management, conflict resolution, and more. Participants spend the next eight weeks in an internship with one of The Warehouse’s partner employers tied to specific career paths such as Kitchen, Information Technology, Certified Nurse Assistant and Assistant Certification clinical medical administrative. Finally, participants return to The Warehouse for one-on-one coaching in resume writing, job search/placement, and to develop an individual service strategy for career success. RISE participants are paid 15 hours per week at $12 per hour throughout the 26-week training program.
“Over the past few years, Barclays has watched The Warehouse and The WRK Group begin to transform Riverside and Northeast Wilmington,” said Denny Nealon, CEO of Barclays US Consumer Bank and REACH Riverside Advisory Board Member. “We continue to be inspired by this organization’s impact in creating a thriving and inclusive community in Riverside, and a significant part of this is supporting the next generation. As part of the Barclays LifeSkills initiative, we are proud to investing in Wilmington’s teens and young adults, helping them learn the skills they need to enter the workforce.”
During the check presentation and briefing, The Warehouse was joined by guest speakers and partners including US Senator Tom Carper, Delaware; Denny Nealon, CEO, Barclays; Logan S. Herring, Sr., WRK Group CEO; Melody Phillips, COO, The Warehouse; Markevis Gideon, CEO, NERDiT Now; and two graduates of the RISE program.
Program partners include, but are not limited to, Code Differently, 3D Sports Performance, NERDiT Now, and the Delaware Art Museum.
For more information, visit www.wrkgroup.org.
About Barclays US Consumer Bank
Barclays US Consumer Bank is a leading co-branded credit card issuer and financial services partner in the United States that creates highly customized loyalty and customer loyalty programs for some of the travel, entertainment, retail, retail and nation’s most successful retail and affinity. The bank offers co-branded credit cards, small business credit cards, installment loans, point-of-sale financing, online savings accounts and CDs. For more information, please visit www.BarclaysUS.com.
About WRK Group:
The WRK Group is made up of three organizations and more than 130 employees, who share a collective mission to empower the community to reach its full potential by breaking down the barriers of structural racism and revolutionizing teen engagement.
REACH Riverside, overseeing a $250 million holistic revitalization, is the managing partner of Kingswood Community Center, a mainstay of the Northeast Wilmington neighborhood since 1946, and The Warehouse, an educational and recreational oasis for teens. For more information, please visit www.wrkgroup.org. The Warehouse, an oasis in northeast Wilmington, was developed “For Teens, By Teens” and serves as an innovative one-stop center serving youth ages 13-24. The Warehouse works with over 140 youth-serving organizations. Programming is teen-focused and focuses on our pillars of recreation, education, arts, careers and health.
- REACH Riverside was developed “With the community, for the community”. As a member of national purpose-built communities, REACH is committed to its three pillars:
- Redevelopment: up to 600 high quality mixed housing units
- Education: Cradle to College and Career Readiness Pipeline
- Community health: health and wellness programs
- Kingswood Community Center (KCC) has been strengthening the community of Riverside and northeast Wilmington since 1946. KCC provides a range of social services such as education, food assistance, financial literacy workshops and much more .
- Early Learning Academy: high-quality, evidence-based programs (ages 1-5)
- School-Age Services: Before, After and Summer Programs (Ages 6-12)
- Kingswood Academy: alternative school, located at The Warehouse (grades 7-12)
- Jimmy Jenkins Senior Center: Activities to Stay Healthy and Independent
- EMPOWER: Representing economic mobility that puts homeownership within everyone’s reach, EMPOWER offers training, workshops and one-on-one coaching to ensure Riverside families have the tools they need to achieve financial freedom and build wealth generational.
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