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How Build 2 Lead is "Closing the G.A.P" (Gaining Access through Preparation)

Closing the G.A.P. provides students ages 16-24 with access to over 100 hours of work development training. Students graduate with resumes, interview experience, business plans, and industry credentials.

With funding from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Build 2 Lead has launched a "Closing the G.A.P" program at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, Washington.

B2L is very grateful to Jamilla Taylor (Washington State Representative) and to Cynthia Ricks-MacCotan (Virginia Mason Franciscan Health's Community Integration Program Manager) for their advocacy in helping bring the critical funding sources to South King County.

The $100,000 funding provides youth in "Closing the G.A.P" programming $1,500 internship stipends, 60-hours of workforce development training, access to community case management, as well invaluable career and educational experiences.


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