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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine sits in an Adirondack chair built by apprentices, as he takes a tour of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a ship building apprenticeship program for at-risk youths on the waterfront in Old Town, Alexandria, Va. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Darel Bellamy watches as visiting law student interns row out into the Potomac River in a boat that he and other apprentices helped them to build at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Apprentices Maurice White (left) Darren Walters (second from right) Priestly Williams (second from left) and Samuel Morrill (left) work together flipping the dory boat at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, August 11, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Apprentices Maurice White (left) Darren Walters (second from right) Priestly Williams (second from left) and Samuel Morrill (left) work together flipping the dory boat at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, August 11, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Fred Geiger (center) a former DEA agent and current volunteer, is one of the main staples and often finds himself being the shoulder that some of apprentices lean on, at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Darel Bellamy (right) shares a light moment with his cousin Maurice White (center) and Samuel Morrill (left) on pay day at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, August 4, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Fred Geiger, a former DEA agent and current volunteer, advises apprentice Darel Bellamy at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Darel thinks of Mr. Geiger as a "second dad". Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Fred Geiger, a former DEA agent and current volunteer, advises apprentice Darel Bellamy at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Darel thinks of Mr. Geiger as a "second dad". Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Fred Geiger, a former DEA agent and current volunteer works on one of two dory boats that he and the other volunteers and apprentices are building from scratch at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, August 24, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Fred Geiger, a former DEA agent and current volunteer, advises apprentice Darel Bellamy at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Joe Youcha (left) talks with apprentices at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Joe Youcha (left) talks with apprentices at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Apprentice Melvin Williams listens to instructions from volunteers at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Apprentice Thomas Henry works on a dory boat with other apprentices and volunteers at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, June 28, 2011.Located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a non-profit paid apprenticeship and hands-on educational program which serves at-risk youths ages 17-21. In the program these youths learn life skills, team work and building their self esteem. In the program apprentices learn carpentry skills and planing for career paths, in addition to earning their GED right here. The ASF says that it costs $100,000.00 to detain a juvenile for a year in Virginia, but only $15,000.00 to educate and place an ASF apprentice. The paid staff and numerous volunteers teaches approximately 8-16 students, however today they are working with around 10. The program lasts 5 to 8 months. Every Tuesday night is "Open Shop" a time when the shop is open to the public. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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MENTORING: Apprentice Darel Bellamy (left) has a heart-to-heart talk with former DEA agent Fred Geiger, whom he considers a second father, at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)