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Job Corps students volunteer
Changing public perception is seldom quick or easy.

But that's not stopping Will Coleman and his students at the Brunswick Job Corps Center, 4401 Glynco Pkwy., Brunswick, from trying. Coleman is director of programs at Job Corps.

The image the public possesses of what it thinks is the typical Job Corps student - a troubled youth - is long outdated, Coleman said.

"That was the case in like the '70s," Coleman said. "We want to move away from the myth that we have bad students."

To help in that process, students have been volunteering for different organizations and community projects around the Golden Isles.

Using painting, landscaping, and other trade skills they've acquired at Job Corps, students have assisted in the upkeep of buildings and helped organizations such as Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful, a non-profit organization.

"I think my phone number is on speed dial for (the organization)," Coleman said. "We're always willing to help them out."

Most recently, Job Corps students participated in United Way's annual Days of Caring.

"We only brought 50, but we could've brought 100," Coleman said.

Coleman wants people to know that the students are here to assist in anyway possible.

"Our goal is to see what we can do when assistance is needed," he said.

The students next volunteering event will be a phone book recycling drive Friday.

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at mrand@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.



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