The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the ASSE was recently presented with the opportunity to assist in driver education for Nashville’s inner city youth living in the Preston Taylor Homes.
Preston Taylor Homes is a public housing project in Nashville. The housing project is served by Preston Taylor Ministries, an organization founded to help inner city youth confront many of the problems present in public housing, including drug use, gang involvement, teenage pregnancy, illiteracy, poor school performance and crime, by providing spiritual programs and academic tutoring.
Janet Kuhn, a Preston Taylor Ministries’ board member, approached Keith Bain, the Middle Tennessee Chapter’s Driver School Coordinator, with a specific need involving driver education. “PTM works with many teenagers who would like to learn to drive, but in most cases, don’t have access to automobiles or the resources and support needed to achieve that goal.” Kuhn said. The specific need was for formal, on-the-road training through a driver training school.
The Middle Tennessee Chapter agreed to provide $500 to PTM to sponsor the driver training. “For many of our teenagers and young adults, obtaining a driver’s license is a dream that is out of reach. Your gift will help that dream come true,” Kuhn said.
In addition to the sponsorship, Keith Bain will be teaching the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course (DDC-4) for PTM students who already have their learner’s permit or driver’s license.