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Training Grounds’ emphasis is on building people while building communities. At the core of every Training Grounds program is the development of the person which helps us make a true impact in the lives of our participants and the community at-large. An individual who 1) has understanding of his/her skills, strengths and interests; 2) understands how to apply those attributes; 3) is given the opportunity to utilize those skills, strengths and interests will be successful not only in the world of work but in every aspect of his/her life.
Secondly, Training Grounds is committed to developing the market of untapped and underutilized workers who may not be college bound but possess useful & marketable skills that are desperately needed and in high demand in today’s workforce. As a result of years of neglecting this market, certain employment sectors in the region and country have suffered i.e., health, construction and service to name a few. By equipping and preparing these future workers, Training Grounds makes a difference not only in the life of that worker but in their household, community and region at-large.
Established in 2005, Training Grounds is the outgrowth of the secondary school teaching experience of its founder, Tom Brown, who taught the NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) classes at Anacostia High School in southeast D.C. Tom saw the considerable resources offered to college-bound students to support their interests and became committed to providing an equal measure of resources and opportunities to students who have vocational, entrepreneurial or immediate workforce interests. Two metro area leaders, Mike Glosserman of JBG Companies and Mike Kimsey of the Kimsey Foundation, had observed Tom’s success with Anacostia students and encouraged him to create a nonprofit organization that would serve the needs of youth and adults in workforce development when the NFTE program at Anacostia was discontinued.
Allie Bird, Director of Business Development and Partnerships
During her time as a Kellogg Fellow, Allie was drawn to work with inner city young people in the District of Columbia. She was founding co-director of the Children’s Trust Neighborhood Initiative (CTNI), which built strong youth advocacy within the District’s juvenile justice system, and also incubated three other nonprofit organizations that continue to serve DC youth and families. She served as president of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the No Dope Express Foundation, a youth education and anti-drug organization; and directed strategic planning and development for Young People on the Rise, an organization providing leadership experience and college scholarships for youth in low-income communities.
Currently she is supporting Training Grounds in organizational development and building corporate partnerships that help urban young people develop their professional skills, career opportunities and leadership.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: DONATE TO THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC) # 14186
Training Grounds is a 501c3 nonprofit organization
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