The Green Jobs Community of Practice is focusing on youth. The Department of Labor supports several distinct programs for young people, with different goals and criteria. The Obama Administration and Labor Secretary Solis have encouraged youth programs to focus on green skills development. One of the most advanced “green jobs” youth-centric programs, with some of the earliest direct training in green skills, is YouthBuild.
YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, receive training and earn credentials in construction skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing. By engaging in YouthBuild, many young people are able to transform their lives and build a new future.
There are now over 200 YouthBuild programs in 45 states, Washington, DC, and the Virgin Islands. Since 1994, 92,000 YouthBuild students have built 19,000 units of affordable, increasingly green housing.
A future blog entitled: “The Greening of YouthBuild” will describe the Three “C”s of YouthBuild’s successful green practice – construction, classroom, and career – and how green principles both inspire and prepare youth for leadership in a sustainable economy.
Modified On : June 22, 2010
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