As part of our commitment to combat generational poverty and food insecurity, the Junior League of Augusta (JLA) has partnered with the Richmond County School System through its Reaching Potential through Manufacturing (RPM) program. RPM focuses on helping at-risk students complete high school and gain the skills necessary to join the workforce. Approximately 100 students work for Texton Specialized Vehicles part of the day and take high school courses part of the day, all at the Textron facility.
JLA provides a monthly life skills class with a cooking/snack prep demonstration. In addition to the monthly classes, JLA and RPM hosted an inaugural sweetheart dance as a social opportunity for students, as they do not attend prom at their former schools. In keeping with our commitment, JLA provided a copy of the cookbook Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day as part of a graduation gift to students graduating in January 2020. Also, thanks to a generous donation from Piedmont Landscaping, January graduates also received a set of cookware, utensils and kitchen tools.