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Grand Rapids YouthBuild accepts applications for those wanting GEDs, building certifications & more
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Grand Rapids YouthBuild accepts applications for those wanting GEDs, building certifications & more

News Release:  July 20, 2011 (Grand Rapids, MICH) – Grand Rapids YouthBuild is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and Bethany Christian Services to offer 18-24 year olds the opportunity to earn stipends while obtaining their GED and developing marketable job skills.

Grand Rapids YouthBuild is the newest of 273 YouthBuild programs across the country. The 10-month program offers a paycheck to low-income young adults as they work towards their GED, earn Pre-Apprentice Certification Training and develop life skills. As a team, they build an affordable home with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County from start to finish alongside the Habitat family who will purchase the home.

This program is possible as a result of collaboration between many organizations. “To have Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and Bethany Christian Services partnering on this program is the perfect fit,” says Scott Blasko, Project Coordinator for Grand Rapids YouthBuild. “Habitat will provide the worksite, building materials and tools while Bethany follows up with a year of case management to help students be successful with the new skills they've developed.” Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation also support this youth employment effort.

The program has three components: Selection, GED/vocational training and a year of casework follow-up. On September 6, the program’s two-week selection process begins to narrow applicants down to 30 students who will be accepted into the program. Students then attend YouthBuild’s educational school full-time. They alternate weeks studying for GEDs and receiving hands-on construction training from qualified instructors. This helps students develop the training they need as they improve their education, employment status, relationships and community pride.

Grand Rapids YouthBuild is now accepting applications to fill its 30 student slots. Applications are available at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County at 425 Pleasant St. SW. Completed applications must be returned to Habitat by August 23, 2011.

Eligible participants must:

• Be between the ages of 18-24

• Currently reside in Kent County

• Be a foster care youth, adjudicated youth or high school dropout

• Be willing to change and ready to transform their lives

• Be motivated to work in vocational training fields that are offered

Grand Rapids YouthBuild Program Manager Chris Sain says, “It’s important for students to attend the first info session to make themselves stand apart from the rest of the competition during the selection process.” All applicants are required to attend an information seminar on July 26, August 9 or August 23 at Habitat beginning at 6 p.m. Guests are strongly encouraged to bring a support person with them to information sessions.

For more information about Grand Rapids YouthBuild, call (616) 774-2431.

 

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