The Career Exploration & Job Readiness Program gives youth an opportunity to explore careers in their area of interest.

This program is funded by the Union County Youth Services Commission through a Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative grant. The Youth Service Commission is part of the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Service.

"Cooking With Champions"

Mutazz is a student at Jonathan Dayton High School. In his spare time he likes to go to the gym and play football.  He participates in the Union County Career Exploration and Job Readiness Program (CEJR) and is ServSafe Certified in food handling by the National Restaurant Association. 

Mutazz wrote this book to help young people get access to food and be healthy.  Mutazz believes eating healthy can help you live longer and be more energized.  

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Glad To Be Here

“I was an intern at boxwood learning center for carpentry. It was a lot of fun and I learned new things. I learned to design a kitchen and how to put down a floor. When we ran into problems we worked together and when we still couldn’t figure it out, our experienced teacher (Joe Moran) came and guided us. I would definitely recommend this program to people, not just because you get to dip your feet into different things but because they also really care and are very supportive people.” Katarina Shargo, CEJR graduate

Paul is the manager of the portfolio and gallery pages of the website.  Thank you for your patience as he maintains these pages.

"Still A Kid"

Paul, a 19 year old, is writing a book about his past & what he had to do to become the person he is today! Although his life's is challenging, he hasn't given up. This book is about encouraging other teens to not to give matter what.  "Still a Kid" will be released in fall 2019.

Paul's professional work using PosterMyWall:

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On the Right Path - Alejandro A.

Boxwood has helped me accomplish so many things that I never thought I would get done, I'm living so peacefully knowing I have Boxwood on my side, they got me on the right path. If it wasn't for them, I don't know what I would be doing right now. Im currently on a mission to get my DIPLOMA!

Alejandro interned as a photographer for several local area designers, please check out a sample of his work:

When Alejandro is not taking photos, he is writing music.  Check out his latest song, Sivar, in the Gallery section