Great News for Woodlawn: New Partnership to Create Opportunity

Representatives from ProjectHOOD, Manhattan Mechanical Services, Associated Builders and Contractors, Citgo and Metro Ford

Representatives from ProjectHOOD, Manhattan Mechanical Services, Associated Builders and Contractors, Citgo and Metro Ford

ProjectHOOD is partnering with local organizations and businesses to transform a former Walgreens store into a hub focusing on economic development as an entrepreneur, career, trade and leadership center. Citgo, Manhattan Mechanical Services, the Illinois Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and Metro Ford have joined on and ProjectHOOD is looking for more partners as the programming is expanded.

Former Walgreens space at 6330 S. King Drive

Former Walgreens space at 6330 S. King Drive

Walgreens donated the remaining four years of their lease at 6330 S. King Drive to ProjectHOOD after reporting losses that they say forced them to close. With limited entrepreneur and career resources in Woodlawn, Pastor Corey B. Brooks, Executive Director of ProjectHOOD, will institute six main components in the hub:

Construction Certification and Training: Training and certification for men and women 18 years and up in construction crafts and trades such as carpentry and automotive. Business and Entrepreneur Hub: Startup businesses will have tools to help grow their businesses along with space to collaborate, network and innovate. Youth Mentoring and Tutoring: Children ages 6-17 will be tutored in math, science and technology. Young adults will head this program learning leadership and responsibility. Career Mentoring: Adult professionals and business owners to host discussions and skill training to lead youth and adults to various career paths and opportunities. Media: Youth will engage in different aspects of media production such as, radio, journalism and film to produce their own stories and become knowledgeable of various career paths in media. Cafe: Training in customer service and food service leading to various careers and businesses in restaurant and hospitality industries.

“We are excited about this new and growing partnership to offer our communitytangible skills, career options and business tools,” said Pastor Corey B. Brooks.

“With an aging workforce and growing shortage of skilled construction workers not only in Illinois but nationally, Associated Builders and Contractors plays an important role in recruiting and training the next generation of craft professionals,” said Alicia Martin, president of ABC’s Illinois Chapter. “It is our hope that ABC can help provide career opportunities to young people who have had some challenges in their lives, as well as give a needed boost to the talent pipeline for the construction industry in Illinois by partnering with ProjectHOOD.” If you or your company would like to partner with ProjectHOOD on this initiative please send an email to info@projecthood.org. ProjectHOOD is planning to occupy the space by spring.