Today, Marcus is a thriving high school student who is on track academically and has aspirations for the future. But Marcus wasn’t always this focused. Like many teens, Marcus found himself going down a troubled path. That’s when he entered the program at Project L.I.F.T. (Life Initiatives For Teens). Project L.I.F.T. introduces youth who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues to skilled trades, engages them in innovative treatment programs and connects them with mentors who encourage and inspire. Through the program, Marcus has learned automotive maintenance and repair, boat repair and carpentry. His goal is to learn as many trades as he can through the program so that he can become an independent, competent and productive citizen of our community.

Thanks to your investment in United Way, hundreds of at-risk youth like Marcus have been set on the right path and given the skills they need to succeed in life.