Kim Brown could not have been more proud of her grandson Dionte Brown, a senior at Mastery’s Simon Gratz Charter High School in North Philadelphia. Yes, the wooden bench the Feltonville 19-year-old made as part of Gratz’s after-school program at JEVS’ Orleans Technical College in Northeast Philadelphia looked fine and sturdy, and it would be great for any family’s front porch. But there was more.
“I can see the turnabout in him,” she said. “He used to walk around all evil and mean, and now he comes around and helps.”
> Click here to read Philadelphia Public School’s The Notebook for more of how Dionte and his classmates completed career exploration at JEVS, an after-school program that we developed to help high school juniors become exposed and learn hands-on about the building trades industry.