Several weeks ago our firm started a project to create a youth entrepreneurship program in West Montgomery working with Common Ground Montgomery. The program included the renovation of a 4,300-square-foot double storefront building on Mobile Road, adjacent to Common Ground’s existing facility. The project came to fruition on April 19th with the opening of the Common Ground Montgomery Annex, which will house the Urban SEED X-change. The name given to the program refers to the skills Common Ground wants the children who use the facility to develop. We all want them to develop their skills and to become good, productive citizens. Our firm contributed $60,000 to this project to help fund renovations and furnish the space with the necessary equipment to successfully operate the centers.
The Urban SEED X-change will give area youth an avenue to develop real-world business experience as well as a positive work ethic. Middle school-age children from the after school program will be selected and taught the basics of business including managing, designing and marketing their product. Income earned in their businesses will go toward further educational opportunities. Space in the annex also can be used as a training center for adults participating in CGM’s home ownership initiative, an extensive home ownership and financial literacy training program.
Since the kickoff, teams of volunteers have been hard at work, clearing debris from inside and around the building, installing new electrical systems, an air conditioning and heating system, and plumbing; scrubbing walls, scraping and mopping floors, priming and painting walls and floors, carpentry, and landscaping projects like laying sod, creating brick walkways and planting shrubbery, as well as installing desks, computers and other furniture in the classrooms and storefront.
Media partners for this project were WSFA-TV12 and Faith Radio. In addition to lawyers and employees from Beasley Allen, groups that worked on the project include Prattville Christian Academy, Huntingdon College, WSFA, Faith Radio, and The Montgomery Advertiser. Our motto is “helping those who need it most.” This project can really make a difference in Montgomery’s future by providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people. For more information about Common Ground Montgomery and how you can help in its mission, visit www.cgmal.org.
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