Building Boats Helps At-Risk Young Adults Improve Their Lives
The art of building small wooden boats is being used to help young, at-risk adults in the United States. These young men and women are being trained and working as apprentices in a boat building program in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Alexandria Seaport Foundation is providing support for the program, which serves the Washington, D.C. area. It aims to help those who have little hope of attending college or finding a good-paying job. The goal is to give young people the skills, state of mind and self-control to change their lives for the better.
The year-round program teaches small groups of people how to build small wooden sailboats and canoes. The apprentices are from 18 to 22 years old.
One apprentice is 19-year-old Chris Adkins from Florida. He is learning what it takes to build boats that are beautiful and useful, with hammers, saws and other tools.
"It's been fun to learn how to use these tools," he said.
Jimmy Gottfried is the head of the boat-building program. He once served as a boat-building apprentice.
"Many of the apprentices in our program have faced many challenges in their life, such as lack of family support, dropping out of school, having run-ins with the law. And they're looking for a way to gain back the confidence they need to go back out into the workforce."
The apprentices are guided by volunteers who teach them how to build the boats, as well as guide the young people in their personal lives.
Some of the apprentices have yet to finish high school. The Alexandria Seaport Foundation works to help them prepare for and pass a series of tests called the GED. Passing the GED is comparable to having completed high school.
Apprentices who struggle with mathematics receive help from a volunteer teacher.
Adkins says he was a good student in high school. But he had to leave school to work because of family issues.
"My mom died when I was 8-years-old, so that's always something that's on me. One reason that I came to the program was because they want to help you. I'm not used to someone wanting to help me, or enthusiastic about it..."
Jay Helinski completed the program about one year ago. He speaks of his own experiences as a model for the group.
"And they know that I'm living proof of what hard work, dedication, and just the willpower to succeed gets you to."
Adkins is now more than halfway through his apprenticeship. He says he feels better about himself. He has passed his high school equivalency and hopes to go to college one day.
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1.good-paying job 高收入的工作
I have a good-paying job with excellent hours.
2.hard work 努力工作
His success has been a tribute to hard work, to professionalism.
3.lack of 缺乏
I was amazed by their discourtesy and lack of professionalism.
4.served as 担任
He served as an adviser to the Sultan of oman.
5."Many of the apprentices in our program have faced many challenges in their life, such as lack of family support, dropping out of school, having run-ins with the law.
dropping out of school 辍学
She's dropping out of school to become an operator.
Dropping out of school has become a serious social problem.
6.And they're looking for a way to gain back the confidence they need to go back out into the workforce."
go back 返回
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在美国，建造小木船的技术正被用来帮助年轻的高危成年人 。这些年轻的男女正在弗吉尼亚州亚历山德里亚的一个造船项目中接受培训，并作为学徒工作 。
亚历山大海港基金会为这项服务于华盛顿特区的项目提供支持 。它旨在帮助那些上大学无望或找到一份高薪工作的人 。目的是帮助年轻人学习技能、心态和自我控制力，改善他们的生活 。
该全年制项目教授一小群人如何建造小型木制帆船和独木舟 。学徒年龄从18岁到22岁不等 。
来自佛罗里达州的19岁的克里斯·阿德金斯(Chris Adkins)是学徒之一 。他正在学习如何利用锤子、锯子和其他工具打造出既美观又实用的船 。
吉米·戈特弗里德（Jimmy Gottfried）是造船项目负责人 。他也是造船学徒出身 。
“参与项目的许多学徒在生活中都面临着许多挑战，如缺乏家庭支持、辍学、触犯法律等 。而他们正在想法设法地重建回归职场的信心 。”
一些学徒甚至没有完成高中学业 。亚历山大海港基金会致力于帮助他们备考和通过一系列一般教育发展（GED）测试 。通过GED测试相当于完成高中学业 。
阿德金斯说，高中时期的他成绩优异 。但是由于家庭问题，他不得不辍学就业 。
“我8岁时，母亲去世，这一直是我内心的坎儿 。我来参加这个项目的原因之一是他们想要帮助我 。我不习惯有人帮助我，或者对我十分关切……"
杰伊·赫林斯基（Jay Helinski）大约一年前完成了这个项目 。作为项目团体的代表性人物，他谈到了自己的经历 。
阿德金斯已经完成了多半的学徒课程 。他说，他如今感觉良好 。他已经通过了高中同等学历考试，希望有一天能上大学 。