Madisonville SOAR graduates 19

Mother, Donna Bush (left) and Michelle Bush (center) are two of 19 SOAR Madisonville graduates.

Mother, Donna Bush (left) and Michelle Bush (center) are two of 19 SOAR Madisonville graduates.

The Greater Cincinnati Urban League graduated its second Hand Up Initiative SOAR class Thursday afternoon at the Madisonville Arts and Cultural Center.

The Hand Up Initiative is an anti-poverty program funded by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. The concept is to take the job-readiness course off the League’s Avondale campus and into communities in need of such a service. The League’s Workforce Development staff strategically placed this class in Madisonville for the neighborhood’s residents to give them additional skills to access jobs at the new Oakley Kroger.

Madisonville proved to be a family affair. Mother Donna Bush and her daughter Michelle Bush both graduated. Michelle had perfect attendance in the three-week course. Another set of graduates were uncle-nephew.

The next neighborhood-based class of SOAR — Solid Opportunities for Advancement and Retention — will be in Walnut Hills beginning Aug. 31. A specific training location has not been selected yet. Walnut Hills will graduate Sept. 17.


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