Living Classrooms Foundation

Founded in 1985, Living Classrooms Foundation aims to strengthen communities and inspire young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training efforts that use urban, natural, and maritime resources as "living classrooms." One of its core job training initiatives is SERVE (Service-Empowerment-Revitalization-Volunteerism-Employment Training), an enterprise offering a range of neighborhood revitalization services while providing on-the-job training for 150 unemployed and disadvantaged adults each year.  To date, SERVE is credited with cleaning over 40,000 vacant properties, rehabilitating 12 vacant homes, renovating 28 community buildings, and conducting over 45,000 hours of other needed community services.  Another social enterprise, Fresh Start, provides training to out-of-school males aged 16-19 in a student-run business that builds outdoor furniture and accessories.  The nonprofit also operates Harborplace’s paddleboats and electric boats, which provide job opportunities to youth who have been successful in Living Classroom’s training programs.

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