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Community Center Receives $35,000 Grant for Teen Job Skills Education Program


The Youth Professional Skills Development Program is Back for its Second Year!

In partnership with the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF), the Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade, MD, is proud to be hosting Year 2 of the Youth Professional Skills Development Program, which ran as a pilot program during the 2018-2019 school year.

The program is designed with a clear goal in mind: teaching, motivating, and empowering teens to become successful employees in future jobs. During weekly "Skills Sessions", participants focus on the development of 'soft skills', such as communication, decision-making, work ethic, and professionalism. Teens then have the opportunity to practice these skills as Junior Staff members during real-time Work Sessions,where they are mentored by Community Center staff.

Program Highlights

  • Weekly 1-hour educational sessions (Thursdays)
  • Practical work experiences to develop skills and earn $20+ per month!
  • Guest speakers in a variety of professions
  • Build Service Learning hours
  • Complete a community service project
  • Go on Field Trips
  • A fully-funded free-of-charge program!

Important Upcoming Dates

January 2, 2020: New Year Celebration!

Come celebrate the New Year with the Fort Ritchie Community Center! In conjunction with the Youth Professional Skills Development Program, local teens ages 12-17 are invited to an evening of fun games, great food, and awesome prizes on Thursday, January 2, 2020, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Community Center.


The Community Center is very excited to host this program and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

To register for the program or to find out more information, please contact Connor Brown at the Community Center (301-241-5085,

To find out more about the programs funded by the RMC, visit their website at

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