YouthBuild Rockford graduates its 17th class Aug. 22
• 626 have graduated from the program since its founding
YouthBuild Rockford, a program of Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc., will graduate its 17th class at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford.
Forty-six individuals will graduate from the program this year, including 19 honors graduates. Four of the honors graduates will also be recognized as National YouthBuild Honors Graduates by YouthBuild USA.
Thirty-six of the graduates 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 2012 has helped to construct one new single-family home, rehabilitate three homes, and logged 48,000 hours of community service in the Rockford area.
The class brings the total number of YouthBuild Rockford graduates to 626.
A reception and refreshments will follow the ceremony.
YouthBuild is a comprehensive youth and community development program as well as an alternative education program.
YouthBuild Rockford, one of 200-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 young person also participates in basic educational classes leading to a GED.
YouthBuild 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 workforce development program have careers, internships, apprenticeships and post-secondary education waiting for them when they complete the program.
From the Aug. 15-21, 2012, issue
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