When you can help a youth, who found that high school was not the path for them, and give them the opportunity to earn their GED and or learn a trade that will be financially rewarding to them in the immediate future, you have created a great program. But, when you add the mentorship, and community service to the agenda it makes for a program that enhances the youth and the community around them. That is what makes YouthBuild unique, they can see the benefit of helping young people take care of a community that will take care of them in return.
The young folks with YouthBuild, has completed several construction services for Trinity Habitat for Humanity. This services include painting, fencing, roofing, building walls, and siding. The students have completed two garage for Trinity Habitat for Humanity. The garage are built on concrete slab and could be seen as small houses. The garages provide a wide range of work experience to all young people. They have also participated with other organizations like The Hope Center, City of Forest Hill, Tarrant County Food Bank, and Cornerstone Assistance Network. Helping them with various projects, while learning valuable life lessons.
These motivated young adults have made massive efforts for their future. In fact Jamar Bowers, Andre Malone, Johnny Ngo, Clayton Morton, Tarik McWhorter, Alton Brazier, Gabriel Murray, Shianne Osman, and Isaiah Garcia will be receiving honors with their National Center for Construction Education & Research Certification, Alternative High school diploma or Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (GED) and increased literacy/numeracy levels. Their graduation is scheduled on June 23, 2017 at Tarrant County College Opportunity Center in Fort Worth, Texas at 4:30 pm. It is exciting to see where these bright young graduates will go.
The YouthBuild program also includes a Mentor program, this gives students additional support when setting goals and helps them stay on track. This program is seeking individuals to become mentors to their students. If you are interested you can contact Fennell Seilenga, Mentoring Coordinator at 580-230-9654.
It is also orientation and enrollment time again! The next two week Mental Toughness orientation for enrollment is scheduled for June 5, 2017. After the orientation is completed, the program will start on June 19, 2017. Interested individuals for enrollment can complete an application and intake, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am – 2:00 p.m. Individuals must provide picture identification, birth certificate, and social security card. The physical address is 6220 Anglin Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76119. For assistance with program requirements or any questions can contact Tamara Gisclair at 817-851-4667. Good Luck to the graduates, and future graduates!