Wilmington at-risk youth program undergoes extreme expansion

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'Kids Making It' is a non-profit group that teaches kids skills through woodworking. They are undergoing an expansion. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A place that teaches valuable skills to disadvantaged kids in downtown Wilmington is getting a complete makeover, for free.

‘Kids Making It’ aims to teach valuable life and vocational skills through woodworking.

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Program director Andy Crowther says they wanted to start a skilled trades program for older teens.

In response, Atlantic Barn & Timber Company is donating a two-story timber frame addition to the existing space.

Teens will learn plumbing, electrical, HVAC and general construction skills, and receive help getting jobs in their desired field.