YouthBuild begins hands-on rehab work

July 2nd, 2018
YouthBuild students Chantasia Heard and Donald Simmons bring drywall up the stairs in the house that the YouthBuild cohort is helping to rehab.

Our first YouthBuild cohort is now working to help deconstruct and renovate a vacant house in southwest Detroit. The youth are learning real-world construction skills under the guidance of instructors who are well experienced in the field.

The house is part of Southwest Solutions’ Newberry Project, which is designed to provide housing and homeownership opportunities for low to moderate income families and to strengthen neighborhoods.

Our YouthBuild program is a partnership of SEMCA, Michigan Works!, and Detroit At Work, and it follows the YouthBuild model, which is designed to help low-income young people in the United States and around the world learn construction skills to gain employment and improve their communities.

Youth participating in the 26-week program earn certifications in OSHA training, first aid, customer service and Work Keys, while receiving a stipend. They can also earn their GED. YouthBuild is available to young people 18-24 years old who have an interest in the building trades and who live in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck.

To sign up or learn more, contact Manny at 313-297-0091 or email him.

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