Help send local youth to Germany

YouthBuild graduates eager to participate in international student exchange

June 20, YouthBuild Rockford, a program of Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc., started collecting donations of frequent flyer miles and monetary donations to help send four YouthBuild Graduates to Berlin, Germany. The goal is to raise $4,000 or 250,000 in flyer miles.

Money raised will go toward purchasing flyer miles that are not donated.

In fall 2005, six exchange students from Zukunftsbau, Berlin, Germany, came to Rockford to gain an understanding of American culture and to learn different methods in carpentry and construction from participants in the YouthBuild Rockford program. YouthBuild Graduates, Richard Bennett, Christopher Smith, Titus Hawkins, and Geronimo Vela will participate in the first of two exchanges by going to Berlin and learning carpentry skills from their German counterparts.

Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc. and its YouthBuild Rockford program is one of the three U.S. partners in this endeavor, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. YouthBuild (US) and YouthBuilding (EU) are programs for socially-excluded youth who have not finished high school and want to rebuild and transform their lives. The program combines secondary education, life skills and construction training. Program graduates currently have virtually no options for studying abroad. During the exchanges, they will study in the areas of construction management, carpentry-joinery, bricklaying and painting/decorating. One of the main objectives of the program is to improve the quality of transatlantic mobility in the construction field by promoting transparency of credentials, mutual recognition of periods of training and portability of vocational credits.

Those interested in offering donations or for more information, contact Liza Grisales at Comprehensive Community Solutions, at 963-6236.

From the July 5-11, 2006, issue

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