“PathStone started in 1969, as one field office in Wayne county, and it has grown,” senior director of workforce development administration Pat Stovall stated. “And now, we don’t just do the farmworker program, we do economic development; we are building apartment houses. So, our footprint generally carries what it does in the other states that we operate in, which are New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Vermont, plus Puerto Rico.”
According to Stovall, the ceremony honored 26 participants enrolled in the organization’s training and employment programs who have retained employment for at least six months since being placed by PathStone in unsubsidized jobs.
The honorees also include youth from the ages of 14 to 17 who’ve obtained a high school diploma, or GED, through the program.
PathStone’s senior vice president of operations Alex Castro served as keynote speaker for the event.
“I am extremely honored to have had the opportunity to speak at such a meaningful event,” Castro stated. “This ceremony is imperative, because all of the hard work these young adults have put in should not go unnoticed. I am confident in saying that this is only the start to a very bright, and rewarding future for each graduate.”
According to Stovall, several PathStone board members also attended the event, which gave members an opportunity to view the results of the group’s hard work.
“Our board of directors came from all over,” she stated. “Regarding all of the programs we have, our CEO Stuart Mitchell thought it would be good for board members to see them somewhat in action.”
According to Stovall, PathStone’s National Farmworkers Job Program has helped farm workers who are ready to make a career change for decades, and the Face Forward 2 program now provides education and vocational training, industry-recognized certifications, and work experience for all young adults ages 14 to 24.
The mission of the program is to deter troubled youth from becoming adult offenders, by delivering continuum of prevention, assessment, intervention, and transition services, and the graduation was the embodiment of the organization’s tagline, which is “connecting people to opportunities,” she stated.
“Overall, I was very pleased with the graduation, and especially with the graduates who have made the commitment to better their lives,” Stovall said. “And, I love my staff who have committed to do these functions. And, our commitment to offer opportunities is so true, because we change people’s lives.”