YouthBuild Rockford’s 15th class largest ever

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR YOUTHBUILD FRIENDS FROM ALL OF US AT THE ROCK RIVER TIMES: The members of this year’s graduating class are: Front Row (left to right): Paul Thompson, Tamisha Shivers, Shunkeyta Henderson, Michael Cooksey, Kenny Jones Jr., Sylvia Edwards; Second Row (left to right): Hector Flores, Sergio Ramos, Ella Saxton, Destiny Friar, Precious Tamayo, Zac Keller; Third Row (left to right): Arcadio Mendoza, William Thomas, Adrianna Hernandez, Seymone Dixon, Brandon Brown, Sherita Pouncy, Corprell Delaney, Phillip Ozier, Jernicka Moore, Collin Hardy, Dane Countryman, Sherancia Morrow; Fourth Row (left to right): Victor Banuelos, David Williams, Angelic Maclin, Tiera Pittman, Dominique Hightower, Jermaine Landry, Joqual Williams, Shaquaya Sago, Ryan Lawnduski, Eric Wolfe; Fifth Row (left to right): Takia Williams, Joyaparis Walston, Rosie Morrow, Gregory Cooper, Shavon Smith, Startisha Trammel, Brianna Anderson, Felicia Farris; Sixth Row (left to right): Dwayne Broom, Javon Lambert, Stephen Lindeman, Ashley Latino, Eddie Ortiz, Antoinetta Watson, Raeneshia Smith, Terrance Meadows. Photo by Melanie Richardson

From press release

Wednesday, Aug. 18, graduation ceremonies were held at Memorial Hall for the Class of 2010 of YouthBuild Rockford. The keynote speaker was Honorable Judge Ronald J. White, Winnebago County Circuit Judge. One-hundred eight young adults began the program in the fall of 2009, and the ceremonies marked the largest graduating class in the history of the program. In addition to diplomas and individual awards, the YouthBuilder of the Year Award was given to Sergio Ramos.

YouthBuild is recruiting for its next class, which begins Sept. 20. For eligibility information or applications, call (815) 963-6236 or stop by YouthBuild at 917 S. Main St.

About YouthBuild Rockford

YouthBuild is a comprehensive youth and community development program as well as an alternative education program. YouthBuild Rockford, one of 270-plus such programs across the nation, is a year-long program for 16-to 28-year-old, out-of-school, unemployed young people. Participants learn vocational skills in construction or computer technology and construction trainees build affordable housing for low-income families. Each student also participates in basic educational classes leading to a GED.

YouthBuild also provides young people with classes in leadership development, life skills, and employability, and helps youth achieve self-sufficiency through a combination of counseling, support groups and cultural activities.

Graduates of the innovative development program have careers, internships, apprenticeships and post-secondary education waiting for them when they complete the program.

YouthBuild Rockford is a program of Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc.

The YouthBuild Rockford Class of 2010

→ 94 graduates

→ 44 honors graduates, seven of whom were recognized as National YouthBuild Honors Graduates by YouthBuild USA

→ 23 received their GED while in YouthBuild

→ 46 received AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $82,000 to help pay for college or vocational school.

→ 85 have earned nationally recognized construction credentials, one from the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research (NCCER) and one from Home Builder’s Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Training (PACT)

→ The YouthBuild Rockford Class of 2010 has completed the construction of two new single-family homes, and logged 51,800 hours of community service in the Rockford area.

→ This class brings the total number of YouthBuild Rockford graduates to 524.

From the Aug. 25-31, 2010 issue

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