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Students from YouthBuild Coalition Visit State Capitol to Advocate for Programs

Apr 18, 2018 • by United Community Services
United Community Services

Students from Newly Formed Pennsylvania YouthBuild Coalition Visit State Capitol in Harrisburg to Advocate the Importance of YouthBuild Programs

[Reading, PA] – The newly formed YouthBuild Pennsylvania Coalition announces that students from its programs across the state will visit their elected officials on April 18, 2018, at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. The students will voice the importance of the YouthBuild programs in Pennsylvania, sharing their personal stories and explaining how YouthBuild has empowered them to be leaders in their communities.

State Representatives, Carol Hill Evans, Edward Gainey, and Jarod Solomon will speak to the youth and later the students will visit their respective state elected officials.

The YouthBuild Pennsylvania Coalition represents individual organizations operating in Allentown, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Knox, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, McKeesport, Reading and York that sponsor and operate YouthBuild programs.   YouthBuild programs provide educational opportunities and job training for low-income, young men and women 16 to 24 years of age who did not complete high school and are not regularly engaged in the workforce.  

The programs also help students enhance their leadership skills and encourage them to make critical changes in their community and their lives. The young people revitalize their communities by building or renovating homes for low-income and homeless neighbors.  In the last three years, 1,243 youth were enrolled in the YouthBuild programs in Pennsylvania.  The students built 66 houses and renovated at least 292 units of affordable housing.  

The YouthBuild Pennsylvania Coalition programs are among over 260 local YouthBuild programs in 45 states, and another 80 YouthBuild programs in 21 countries.  YouthBuild’s global movement is rooted in leadership, service and training.  This year, YouthBuild USA is celebrating 40 years of work advancing its mission to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of young people to transform their lives and their communities. 

“YouthBuild is a movement of ethical young leaders working to make changes in their own lives and their communities, and this event enables them to experience that they are part of something larger than themselves,” said John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA.

Joann Monroe, President of Pennsylvania Coalition of YouthBuild Programs and Executive Director of the Pittsburgh YouthBuild program, stated “The program transforms the lives of young people where they learn marketable skills and become productive citizens and leaders in their communities.”

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