A Winnipeg construction company is giving young men in the North End a step up in their careers and community, while also offering a step out of a life of gangs and crime.
Step Up Construction launched in 2021 as a program run by Inner City Youth Alive, helping provide employment to youth and young adults in the inner city, and help them find a healthy path forward in life.
“It was just really enthralling (my) heart, seeing men being empowered and really making a difference in their lives and their families’ lives. And hopefully changing the trajectory of where they were going previously,” said Anthony Ho, the social enterprise director of Step Up Construction.
Ho says the program helps workers with more than just learning carpentry and renovation skills, it also helps them become fully job-ready, ensuring things like their driver’s licences, social insurance numbers and bank accounts are all in order.