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Thirteen students graduate from YouthBuild North Central

ELKINS – After dedicating months of time and effort, 13 graduates were honored by YouthBuild North Central Thursday afternoon.

The graduates completed an eight-month cycle, in which they did classwork, community service, and construction work.

Each of the graduates completed more than 100 hours of community service and received certifications in various areas such as first aid, CPR and AED.

Graduating students include Sara Briggs, Jessica Collins, Robert Collins, Joe Cummins, Nicholas Gartmann, Kyrsten Himes, Nevan Himes, Jasmine Huff, Courtney Salisbury, Scott Shank, Jonathon Summerfield, Shayla Sperling and Jeremiah Wilson.

YouthBuild North Central is dedicated to providing an atmosphere that promotes growth, respect, and dignity to all that they serve with love and appreciation.

The organization strives to give young adults the tools to get a good job and keep it. YouthBuild attempts to strengthen the educational backgrounds of young adults, teach marketable skills and entrepreneurship and instill leadership values that relate to home, work and community in order to assist young adults with becoming responsible members of the community.

YouthBuild offers young men and women the opportunity to earn money while gaining hands-on experience through building quality houses. The work YouthBuild participants complete also is reinforced with classroom instruction, job shadowing and personal guidance. Out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 are eligible to apply. The program typically lasts between six to 10 months.

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