“You Down With O.P.P.?”
Students in the JAG Program at New Britain High School have started to create their individual Development Profiles (IDP’s). In doing so we began to explore post secondary options. Chaz Gatewood from Our Piece of the Pie (O.P.P.) came in discuss what their program has to offer. O.P.P.’s mission is “helping urban youth become economically independent adults” by providing a hands-on training in fields that are in high demand for employment. Some include healthcare, advanced manufacturing and technology pathways at Asnuntuck Community College.
The students were very interested in what this program had to offer. Not to mention, Chaz’s high energy and motivation inspired the JAG students to share their future dreams. The JAG students were asked by Chaz what they aspire to be once they move on past high school. Some of their responses included physical trainer, social worker, corrections officer, and nurse. It was nice to hear how many of them wanted to give back to people in need!
We are looking forward to Chaz’s return in the early spring to help those interested in the program to register as they approach high school graduation.