U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., met this month in his Washington, D.C., office with Building Futures YouthBuild leaders to hear their experience with the local YouthBuild programs and to discuss upcoming grant funding opportunities through the Department of Labor.
The program is located at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.
“Programs, like YouthBuild, help at-risk kids learn valuable construction, IT, or CNA skills they can use to find meaningful employment as well as get their G.E.D.” Davis said. “This program not only helps them in the classroom, they also provide support services to make sure these kids have a smooth transition into future jobs. Val (Harris) and Sabrina (Davis) have done great work with the program in Godfrey and I will continue to support these important programs in my district in any way I can.”
YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for at-risk youth ages 16-24. Participants split their time between construction sites and classrooms, learning construction skills by constructing or rehabilitating housing for low-income or homeless families and earning their high school diploma.
In September of last year, Davis visited YouthBuild McLean in Normal, Ill., where he met with students about the opportunities the program provided them.
Department of Labor recently announced $85 million in grants to support and expand YouthBuild programs across the country. DOL is also encouraging organizations to expand their skills development to include additional industries like health care, information technology, and logistics. Davis’ office can assist with information on any federal grant or grant application.
PHOTO: Rodney Davis (center) with Val Harris (left) and Sabrina Davis (right) from Building Futures in Godfrey.