Greyston proudly announces the promotion of Marcellie B. from Core Ranger to Supervisor of the Greyston Rangers program. Let’s hear it for Marcellie for overcoming his barriers to employment and showing the world that hard work pays off!
“When Greyston hired me to be a Ranger, I had already placed in my mind that I would make a difference. Once I put on that Ranger’s uniform, I knew that I was going to be the best that I could be in this role. The one thing I will tell anyone is hard work pays off! It can create new opportunities, new partnerships, and what you might think is unimportant is very important to your community.“— Marcellie, Greyston Rangers Supervisor
There is significant evidence that Black men face systematic discrimination in the labor market (especially at a young age and again when nearing retirement), limiting their ability to accumulate skills and meaningful work experience.
After losing a great job as a concrete inspector to no fault of his own, Marcellie found himself approaching his 50s and bouncing around various freelance moving gigs to support his family.
In search of stability and the desire to make a difference in his community, Marcellie reached out to Greyston after hearing about the Greyston Rangers program from a friend while doing his taxes. Greyston gladly welcomed Marcellie into the Greyston Rangers program for an 8-week apprenticeship.
“I viewed the Ranger’s position not only as an opportunity for employment but also an opportunity to connect with the people of Yonkers.”
During his time as a Ranger, Marcellie’s work has been recognized and commended by the Mayor of Yonkers on several occasions. His hard work, persistence, and dedication from Day 1 created a path that led to a full-time opportunity as a Core Greyston Ranger and ultimately to his role today as the Greyston Rangers Program Supervisor. As the man in charge of the program, Marcellie hires, trains, mentors, and empowers the next set of Greyston Rangers.
We could not be more proud of Marcellie for overcoming his barriers to employment and excelling in his work through a positive mindset, a disciplined work ethic, and a dedication to the community. The journey continues for Marcellie as he one day wishes to run his own non-profit to help disadvantaged youth.
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