Update: Homeless in High School
Posted: Nov 21, 2014 8:04 PM CST | Updated: Nov 21, 2014 11:17 PM CST
He is still in school as part of a special program that also gives him a job. Melvin is a shining example of what can be achieved through the youth apprenticeship program run by the non-profit, GPS Education Partners.
\"GPS is a youth apprenticeship program where schools contract with us to provide education services for their students. The students come in at the start of their junior year and they stay the full two years and they receive all their education through us,\" said Andrea Roberts, an instructor with GPS Education Partners.
The enrollment requirements are strict, but for Melvin, persistence paid off. He now spends half the day in the classroom and the other half on the job at Strattec Security Corporation inspecting manufacturing equipment. It's a hands-on education that will open doors for Melvin after graduation.
Roberts says, \"I love this program because I feel that I am truly helping empower students. I feel confident that my graduates leave and can be contributing members of society, and can lead happy lives.\"
Thanks to a new grant, GPS recently opened an education center at Capital Stampings Corporation.
If you would like to help Melvin with daily necessities or donate to his college fund visit his GoFund Me account or drop off items at James Madison Academic Campus, 8135 W Florist Ave, Milwaukee. The best times to drop off items are between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.