YouthBuild to hold information sessions this month for at-risk youth

YouthBuild, a community-based alternative education program that provides occupational skills training to youth who have been in the juvenile justice system, plans to hold a pair of free information sessions this month.

The sessions will be held Thursday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Partners in Careers (3210 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver).

To participate in YouthBuild, an individual must be:

  • A Clark County resident
  • 17 to 24 years old
  • A high school dropout in need of a high school diploma or GED
  • Interested in gaining job skills and experience

Those enrolled in YouthBuild will have the opportunity, at no cost, to obtain their GED or high school diploma; to gain two nationally-recognized construction certifications; to participate in building a house for a family in need; and to receive services, including job, college and career preparation.

The YouthBuild team is a collaboration of organizations that includes the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Partners in Careers, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Vancouver Housing Authority and WorkSource. The program is funded through a three-year $1.1 million grant from the Department of Labor.

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I'm the Editor-In-Chief of the Vancouver Business Journal and a Vancouver resident. I earned my degree from the University Of Oregon in Eugene and am a 2012 graduate of Leadership Clark County. Go Ducks!