|Posted by Brandy McClernan on February 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM|
The Madison Apprenticeship Program is a community-based, 12-week course in life skills, job-skill training, and confidence building that serves residents of the Allied-Dunn neighborhood. The photos in this series were taken over the course of 12 weeks, as the students trained together, preparing to enter the workforce.
Diana Shinall is MAP’s founder, director and instructor, but she says she knows hard times as well as any of the students who come through her door. A native of Gary, Indiana, Shinall simultaneously experienced divorce, supported her son as he faced prison time, and endured the death of her grandson. Shinall wrote a book about her experiences, which now she hands to each student when they enroll in class.
Shinall established MAP in 2005 after she decided that Madison’s struggling Allied Community needed a program that could strengthen peoples’ self-esteem as well as their job-skills. Shinall used her background in social work to start a case management brokerage firm, which she still operates along with MAP.