Taylor said he had no idea what to expect when he first arrived at his jobsite. “When they said Thunderbolt Marine, I thought it was army type…not like this.” Each day, Taylor made aesthetic enhancements to ships owned by Thunderbolt Marine clients, including painting and hand sanding.
Taylor learned many valuable life skills such as dressing appropriately, workplace safety practices and speaking respectfully. Applying these skills not only made Taylor’s experience educational, but also filled with great memories with his coworkers. “I like it,” said Taylor. “Everybody get along. We talk. We eat and have fun.”
Getting paid for working hard was one perk of SPAP expressed by Taylor. Before arriving at work, SPAP staff stressed the importance of good money management. Taylor said he works hard to apply those principles.
Taylor hopes to become an entrepreneur someday. He believes participating in the SPAP will help him get there. “I feel like it keeps me out of trouble,” said Taylor. “It teaches you responsibility. I don’t wanna work for anybody, I wanna be my own.”