Beasley Allen Law Firm, Common Ground Montgomery celebrate culmination of month-long renovation project to create training center for youth entrepreneurship, home ownership
MONTGOMERY, ALA. (April 19, 2011) – On March 22, the law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., announced the beginning of a four-week project to create a youth entrepreneurship program in West Montgomery in conjunction with Common Ground Montgomery (CGM). The program included the renovation of a 4,300-square-foot double storefront building on Mobile Road, adjacent to the organization’s existing facility.
Today, this project comes to fruition with the opening of the Common Ground Montgomery Annex, which will house the Urban SEED X-change. The name of the program stands for the skills CGM hopes the children who use the facility will develop to become Sustainable, Empowered, Entrepreneur-Minded and Developed young men and women. Beasley Allen contributed $60,000 to the project, to help fund renovations and furnish the space with the necessary equipment to successfully operate the centers.
The Urban SEED X-change will give area youth an avenue to develop real-world business experience as well as a positive work ethic. Middle school age children from the after school program will be selected and taught the basics of business including managing, designing and marketing their product. Income earned in their businesses will go toward further education. Space in the annex also can be used as a training center for adults participating in CGM’s home ownership initiative, an extensive home ownership and financial literacy training program.
“You can see the kids’ faces light up when you take them through the building and tell them what the building’s purpose will be,” said Josh Conley, Director of Urban SEED Xchange. “The idea of them being able to create and run their own businesses allows them to see what success is now and gives them the tools to be successful in the future.”
Since the kickoff, teams of volunteers have been hard at work, clearing debris from inside and around the building, installing new electrical systems, an air conditioning and heating system, and plumbing; scrubbing walls, scraping and mopping floors, priming and painting walls and floors, carpentry, and landscaping projects like laying sod, creating brick walkways and planting shrubbery, as well as installing desks, computers and other furniture in the classrooms and storefront.
Media partners for this project were WSFA-TV12 and Faith Radio. Groups that worked on the project include Prattville Christian Academy, Huntingdon College, WSFA, Faith Radio, Beasley Allen and The Montgomery Advertiser.
“Beasley Allen’s motto is ‘helping those who need it most.’ This project can really make a difference in Montgomery’s future by providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people,” said Beasley Allen’s Managing Shareholder, Thomas J. Methvin.
For more information about Common Ground Montgomery and how you can help in their mission, visit www.cgmal.org.