Josiah White desired to create a place where students could receive a spiritual, academic, and vocational education. What this has looked like within the organization has evolved over time, but these three elements have continued to be a part of what is offered here throughout our 170-year history.
Specifically, Growing Teens for Life (GTFL) was designed to fulfill Josiah’s wish to provide vocational training and has continued to expand since its inception.
GTFL provides students in Josiah White’s Residential program with healthy second chances in the form of work experience, professionally-recognized certifications, and new possibilities for their futures. Acquiring these skills inspires confidence that allows these students to recognize their inherent worth in Christ. Job readiness is the goal for each student who participates.
Over the past few years, GTFL has expanded through the opening of 50 East Garden Center & Cafe, the launch of our advanced manufacturing program through our Catapult lab in partnership with Conexus Indiana, and the establishment of our Student Success Store through the Don Wood Foundation.
GTFL equipped Marc, an alumnus of Josiah White’s residential program, for his job at a chocolate shop.
“I enjoyed being a part of everything. From helping design the greenhouse to creating new seasonal specials, I loved all of it. The GTFL program started out as another part of the residential program that seemed like ‘busy-work’, but it became my favorite part of my stay,” said Marc.
You can support students like Marc and the GTFL program as a whole by buying your spring plants and seeds next Monday, April 24th at 50 East Greenhouse’s Spring Opening! We look forward to seeing you there!