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Golden Institute provides opportunities for youth and teens in Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – A Raleigh man began leading teens and young adults through his nonprofit, the Golden Institute, in 2015.

He says he knows firsthand how crime can impact a teenager’s life, and since turning his own life around, Golden says his goal is to give kids the tools they need. need to be successful.

Fall vacation is this week for MSCS students, which means more free time for teenagers.

“You know, with all the turmoil and the trials and tribulations with the city kids with all the crime, free time is the devil’s workshop,” Golden said. “So we try to keep them busy, be productive and learn a trade.”

The teens are part of the Golden Institute, a Raleigh nonprofit that teaches life skills, trades and entrepreneurship.

“A lot of times we give and give, and it paralyzes them instead of showing them,” Golden said. “Let them learn the practical training and then they can move on.”

Golden says he sees the rise in youth crime and wants more people to be part of the solution.

“Faith without works is dead,” he said. We can talk until we bruise in the face and when we want to change we have to actually do something about it.

Jerry Lee, 8, has been with the program for two years.

“Kids now, our generation that we live in, they’ve all screwed up,” Lee said. “They kill each other and do all this stuff, we learn here, we get paid to learn.”

“I came to work here about 3 years ago,” said Travaughn Wallace, 18. “Since I’ve been working here, I’ve learned different things [and] it improved me mentally and physically.

Students are paid, and those still in high school work part-time after school and on weekends.

Once they graduate, a job awaits them.

“We’re not against college, but not everyone has college materials or wants to go to college,” Golden said. “So if you can get yourself a skill, find yourself a profession, you can work and provide yourself with stable means.”

Whether it’s learning landscaping skills, changing the oil in a car or gaining financial knowledge, Mr. Golden says graduates of the program leave better prepared for the future.

“I haven’t always been where I am,” Golden said. I have been through different trials and tribulations and God has given me new breath of life, so I try to give back in the best way I know how.

If you would like to involve your child in the Golden Institute, you can contact Charlie Golden Jr. directly at 901-288-0843.

You can also email [email protected]

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