On a Mission to Instill Hope and Skills in the Youth of the Virgin Islands | My Brother’s Workshop, US Virgin Islands
Providing Life-long Skills Through Real Work, Mentorship, Counseling, and a Family-Oriented Network
In a recent effort to help shed more light on different charitable programs in the Virgin Islands, we had the opportunity to meet with the owner and program directors of My Brother’s Workshop on a tour of the facility to learn a little more about what they do. We wanted to share with you all the wonderful story of this impactful organization and our time with them. You can also visit their Business pages on What To Do VI by clicking the following links where you can find more information on them and on their upcoming events as well: MBW-workshop information, MBW-cafe information
How My Brother’s Workshop Started
Shortly after his move to St. Thomas 13 years ago, owner Scott Bradley noticed a need for mentorship-like programs for youth in the Virgin Islands. Through his giving spirit, experience in engineering, building, social work, and what was, unfortunately, another violent weekend on St. Thomas, the idea for My Brothers Workshop was born. Scott knew there was a lack of opportunity for kids to learn real-world work skills outside of the traditional classroom that would help them to have successful careers. He happened to have plenty of experience and passion for teaching just that. It started with one kid who showed interest in helping him to repair a pew at The St. Thomas Reformed Church which grew to a few more kids helping out.
My Brother’s Workshop Today
It kept snowballing from there and today they help around 150 children and adults each year on St. Thomas and on St. Croix. The program consists of a workshop located in the Tutu area, a cafe in downtown Charlotte Amalie, a workshop on St. Croix, and online courses that are taken in conjunction with the hands-on work. My Brother’s Workshop provides skill development for children and adults through the support of teachers, staff, mental health counselors, a network that extends beyond their graduation from the program, and the giving people in the local communities and beyond.
Scott Bradley, Founder of My Brother’s Workshop
Marble Collegiate Church in New York. Edited by What To Do VI
If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, donor, or would like more information, please send an email to My Brother’s Workshop here or comment below.
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