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My Brothers Workshop

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Vocational & Technical Schools

Mission: Organization's primary purpose is mentoring, counseling, job-training, education and job placement for youth, primarily ages 16 to 24, who have dropped out of school, are marginally literate and who live in poverty or are homeless. In addition, such youth may may have been involved in gang related activities. The organization offers mental health counseling through human service's existing programs and volunteer counselors. In addition, the organization provides paid job-training through specific industries that are proven economical outlets in the virgin islands such as construction and trade skills.

Target demographics: At risk youth.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100 trainees.

Geographic areas served: The US Virgin Islands

Programs: Activities including mentoring, counceling, educating, job-training and obtaining job placement opportunities to the individuals as they graduate from the program and have been deemed transformed emotionally, socially and skillfully.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sharon H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and donor with My Brother's Workshop since the very beginning and I have seen MBW grow into an incredible resource for the youth of our islands. Evolving with MBW and MBW Cafe over the years I have sat on the fundraising committee for several years. In this role I have encouraged many donors to give small and very large sums of money. MBW has proven over and over again to be excellent stewards of donations and they have grown the enrollment and programs by leaps and bounds. I am thrilled to give this non-profit a 5 star rating. They deserve this and more as we grow into the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am on the Fund Raising committee of My Brother's Workshop and have worked with MBW for over 7 years. I am honored to be part of this amazing organization whose mission is realized on a daily basis. Jenny Hawkes, the Executive Director keeps everyone together and focused on the path to success. Founder, Scott Bradley offers wisdom and hands on work both physical and spiritual. The students and trainees are excited to learn a new trade and become role models for other young adults in our community. MBW is a great steward of the donations creating enhanced programs to make each individual reach their potential. I encourage everyone to donate and to volunteer and to tell YOUR story! I can't wait for the next 10 years to see how we will help our kids thrive and be who they want to be!

Bernadette R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with my Church, Colts Neck Reformed Church from Colts Neck, NJ just last week Oct. 8-12, 2018. What an amazing program they have. We worked side by side with local Youth/Adults who are a part of this awesome program and really were blessed to be a part of it. they have made a huge difference on the island and I am sure there presence is felt,good luck in the future.

1 Anne McClure H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud of the amazing work that My Brother’s Workshop is doing. MBW brings hope to the hopeless by teaching young men and women life skills so that they may go on to be the community’s hope and future. I am thankful that I may partner with MBW financially knowing my investment will change lives for the better.

1 Judi N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was invited to a presentation by My Brothers Workshop in its infancy. It was on my way home from work that I made the decision to attend the presentation. It was a very impressive evening, their message to make a difference with our "at risk" youth touched my heart.
As a member of the Fundraising Committee it has been amazing to watch the growth and depth of the organization. The difference they make every day and how far they've come over the years; adding the cafe and bakery, on-line high school program, and assisting the community in recovering from two category five hurricanes. They fed thousands of people after the hurricanes and are always there in being a part of bettering our community. Scott Bradley, Jenny Hawkes and their teams are outstanding role models. When asked what is the best non-profit to support, without hesitation my response is My Brothers Workshop.

1 Malorie Winne D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There needs to be more nonprofit organizations like My Brother's Workshop! It is a social enterprise style organization, which means that besides donations, it supports itself through its own programs. It has a wood workshop and cafe that teaches at-risk youth and young adults the hard and soft skills to being a good employee. It supports their efforts on individualized timelines, online high school courses, and a variety of general skills classes, such as anger management. Not only are the products that are produced by My Brothers Workshop outstanding, the lasting impact it has on the lives of its trainees and the community is incalculable. This a a place where youth who want to change their lives around can come and find the support to make and achieve their goals. The success of my Brothers Workshop is evident in those who have graduated from its program and the strong community support given to it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is said you can be part of the problem or you can be part of the solution.
MBW is part of the solution.
Period.

1 Lisa Hamilton

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization helping the young men and women of the Virgin Islands 365 days a year! I have been blessed to be a part of this organization for several years and am consistently amazed by all the team is able to accomplish with limited resources. Scott Bradley, Jenny Hawkes and their teams at the Shop, Café & Education Center work tirelessly to give our VI youth the education, support and tools they need to succeed - they change lives and are making the Virgin Islands a better place. Every donation goes toward expanding our reach in the territory to more youth in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MBW stepped up and did amazing things after the USVI was hit by two hurricanes Sept 2017. They set up an organized and much needed hot lunch program to help anyone and everyone who needed a safe place to get a good cooked meal 7 days a week. In a time when every resource was scarce, they provided for this consistent need that not only met the physical need for food but gave people a place to gather as a community to share their experiences, story, friendship, and lives during a time of crisis. Knowing that there was always a place where you could get food and a small respite from your post hurricane problems was a blessing to our community.

1 Candace G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Brothers workshop is an amazing network of people!!!! They have been there before, during and after the storms!!! They never stopped serving people in need. The students and young people working there are incredibly polite and caring.

2 Aldeth

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The MBW organization is remarkable. They have found a way to provide much needed services to the community while giving young people a second chance to succeed. It is run by amazing, loving and dedicated people who use creativity and flexibility to do the most good with every dollar they bring in. When people ask how they can help the USVI, I always send them to MBW first because I know their donation will have the biggest impact.

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Chrystie P.1 09/20/2018

Thank you so much for your continued support, Aldeth!

2 Kasia I.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization run by beautiful people who make sure that every penny you donate goes to those in need and not just for quick fixes but trully life and community changing!

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Chrystie P.1 09/19/2018

Thank you so much for your support Kasia!