Living Classrooms honored eleven young men with their high school diplomas, and two men who completed the Fresh Start program Wednesday.
The program is a 40-week hands-on job skills training program for out of school youth between 16 and 19 years old who have been referred by the Department of Juvenile Services.
Throughout the program, the students learned job readiness and life skills, as well as critical math, science, and English and language art skills.
Wednesday’s milestone is special to the organization because many of the students had dropped out of high school, and were in trouble with the juvenile system less than a year ago.
"It is monumental to highlight them in a positive light because many times we don’t have that, we don’t see that," said program director Cheryl Riviere.
A majority of the students who received diplomas at the ceremony have already secured jobs, enrolled in training programs, or plan to continue the fresh start program.