Rising Sun Energy Center’s mission is to empower individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities. Through our California Youth Energy Services (CYES) and Green Energy Training Services (GETS) programs, we strive to achieve our mission and have the most meaningful impact on our participants and for the environment.
One thing that motivates and excites us to continue our important work is when we see our program participants empower themselves to reach higher. We can see this in James, a GETS participant from our spring 2014 cohort, who has shown superior dedication to the training provided by Rising Sun, but also to energy efficiency and renewable energy as a green career pathway. Based on the current level of unemployment in California, getting a full-time job is a difficult endeavor. However, James went the extra mile to increase his chances of becoming employed as a Solar Installer. In order to accomplish this, he successfully raised the funds needed to buy the required tools by reaching out to the community—crowd-funding through Benevolent Website. Now if that isn’t empowerment, tell me what is!
Thumbs up, James, and all the best in your venture!