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Monday, August 29, 2016


Bri Pursley Living Greener, Brandon Wildnauer participant, 
Cody Leslie participant, Ryan Calaway Living Greener
ST. MARYS, Penn. August 29, 2016. — Headwaters Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the conclusion of the Summer Works Living Greener Life Skills Class. 

Participants worked around Elk County doing a variety of work sponsored by the North Central Workforce Investment Board and CareerLink of St. Marys. Cody Leslie and Brandon Wildnauer have completed the pilot program of our 24 hours of life skills training. 

They learned people skills such as interpersonal communications, conflict resolution, and anger management. They also gained valuable professional skills such as time management, personal finance, personal responsibility, and networking. We discussed what makes a green employer and how you as an individual can contribute to the sustainability of your organization. The skills learned in this program helped them to grow personally and professionally.
Brandon Wildnauer participant, Cody Leslie participant

Cody Leslie says, "I liked when we talked about networking, it made me appreciate all the different trainers that came and taught the class.”

Our thanks go out to the wonderful guest trainers that participated in the program. Anita Todd of the University of Cincinnati, Mike Hoy at Straub Brewery, John MacDonald from Northwest Savings Bank, and Ashley O’Dell from the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce. These professionals donated their time to teach, participate in round table discussions, and help complete the Living Greener curriculum.

The Living Greener team learned many lessons about teaching young adults the skills needed to be professionals. The feedback received from both participants and trainers will help modify and improve the class for future cohorts.
Our attention is now turning to the fall Living Greener cohort that will begin the week of October 10th. 

We are expanding services to a full year of wraparound services at a new green job. We will continue to bring in professionals to help with the life skills classes and add one-on-one mentorship to the program. We are currently seeking referrals for young adults that need help transitioning into the professional world, as well as volunteer Life Skills Trainers and Occupational Skills Mentors. We are proud to work with companies who hold the values of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

If you are interested in learning more about Living Greener, or volunteering as a trainer or mentor, visit or contact Bri Pursley at (814) 335-1141 or

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