YouthBuild 2014 Fiscal Year Grant awarded

YouthBuild North Central was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Labor that will fund the program through 2017 and allow 65 local youth to participate.

There are 247 YouthBuild programs being actively run across the U.S. as well as many other locations across the world.

The federal government has decided to continue funding YouthBuild programs across the US with a grant as of Aug. 8.

The grant in full was $73,654,300. That money is being divided among 71 YouthBuild programs. Each program will receive at least $700,000 and at most $1.1 million.

This grant will give 4,600 young adults the chance to build something with their lives.

It will also help those young adults help others through services to the community through projects such as Pleasant Avenue, done by YouthBuild North Central here in Elkins.

The Pleasant Avenue project was an apartment complex that the Randolph County Housing Authority had bought that needed restored.

YouthBuild worked with Woodlands Development Group in making it a good affordable home for four families.

The young adults who worked with YouthBuild on this project learned skills in masonry, plumbing, electrical and weatherization.

Several of them earned their construction certifications because of this.

Thanks to this grant, YouthBuild will be able to continue helping our community in this way.

YouthBuild North Central is a Department of Labor run program, to help young adults within the ages of 16 to 24 to become productive members of the community.

YouthBuild helps these young students earn the TASC degree, formerly known as GED, to become ready for future jobs.

“YouthBuild isn’t just the Labor Department at its best; it’s America at its best,” said Tom Perez, the U.S. Secretary of Labor, in a recent statement.