More than 50 YouthBuild/AmeriCorps students and staff will join together on Friday, October 25th, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to clean up two locations: 1) the Community Center located at the former Oldtown Shopping Center at 506 E. Main Street in Trotwood, Ohio, and 2) 1516 Salem Avenue. Members, 25+ at each site, will be serving their community by doing general landscaping work, fencing, cleaning and painting.
This project is part of Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, that bring millions of volunteers together in the common mission of improving the lives of others. The 20+ year old project celebrates the power of people to make a difference in today’s world.
YouthBuild/AmeriCorps is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Corporation for National Service that targets at-risk youth and ex-offending adults 18-24 years old who have not completed high school. The program provides them with life skills, job training and professional certifications in the construction field. YouthBuild is the vehicle that builds participants’ resumes and markets them as employable young adults. They earn their high school diplomas or GEDs, while gaining industry required credentials necessary to enter the job market. Participants also receive secondary education credits, in the form of AmeriCorps service hours, to be used at local colleges and trade schools.
“These AmeriCorps volunteers are building resumes by learning job and life skills, earning state certifications and also their high school diplomas. It is inspiring to watch these young men and women make a difference in their lives and in our community,” stated Adam Blake, CountyCorp VP of Housing. “This program represents the importance of funding initiatives that bring positive change to our community during these difficult times.”
The YouthBuild project is administered through CountyCorp, Montgomery County’s nonprofit development corporation since 1979.