Construction Career Training Program Arizona (CCTP-Arizona), a local nonprofit, is launching its first annual golf tournament.

The event will raise funds that will be used to support on-going life skills training, mentorship, workforce development and job placement for formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults at risk for entering the criminal justice system.

The golf tournament will be held Sept. 13 at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course.

The Construction Career Training Program (CCTP) was founded in Minnesota in 2002 by David Adolfson, Chairman Emeritus at Adolfson & Peterson Construction, as a faith-based collaborative program to help formerly incarcerated individuals learn construction trades and find work in the industry.

CCTP-Arizona was recently established to replicate the success of the program in Minnesota and expand on the knowledge and experience gained over the past 10 years. Using a holistic collaborative model, CCTP-Arizona’s goal is to develop a state-wide program to support formerly incarcerated adults and at-risk young adults to make it possible for them to become productive citizens and end the destructive cycles of failure and recidivism.

Arizona tax-payers spend approximately $25,000 per year to support each incarcerated individual. Since January, that same $25,000 investment has enabled CCTP-Arizona to successfully serve more than 40 participants. These participants are now responsible, productive tax-paying citizens who are contributing to their families and communities.

“Life transformation is a process that begins with change from the heart and mind, which produces positive behaviors and habits,” said Shawn Pearson, Executive Director of CCTP-Arizona.

“The purpose of the golf tournament is to bring an awareness of the work of CCTP-Arizona and to remind society that when given an opportunity and resources — everyone can be a productive contributor.”

Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s Tempe-based Southwest regional office has signed on as presenting sponsor for the first inaugural golf tournament. Additional sponsorship and individual golf packages are still available.

For more information contact Shawn Pearson at (480) 345-8700.