City of Promise Class of 2014 graduates with program founders (from left) Qasim McDonald, Travis Bradley, Farzan Muhammad, Overseer Jay T. Harrison, Charles Granberry, Elijah Foster, Leslie Thomas, David Butler, Ebon Thomas, Robert Thomas, Aaron Bowers and Christopher Bowers.

City of Promise Class of 2014 graduates with program founders (from left) Qasim McDonald, Travis Bradley, Farzan Muhammad, Overseer Jay T. Harrison, Charles Granberry, Elijah Foster, Leslie Thomas, David Butler, Ebon Thomas, Robert Thomas, Aaron Bowers and Christopher Bowers.

The City of Promise (CP) Initiative graduated 10 more students, handing them various certifications in the field of construction earlier this month. City of Promise is a non-profit vocational training program founded by Ebon and Leslie Thomas. The program teaches youth and young adults in Chester City, ages 17-24, marketable skills in the field of basic construction through a 15-week structured program that provides education and hands-on technical applications in the field, as well as life skills coaching.

Graduates have become certified drywall installers and finishers. The program takes on various renovation projects in the community to give young people hands-on training as well as helping to revitalize the community.

“I feel good today. I want to thank the City of Promise,” said graduate Travis Bradley. “I grew up tough, you know, in the streets. I thought it was over for me. The one thing I learned is that no matter how old you are or what you’ve been through in your life, you can always change. You made it possible for a lot of us.”

Bradley received his certification in drywall and CP core curriculum along with nine others.

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