For local unemployed young people who dropped out of high school, the Atlanta YouthBuild Program is an opportunity to reclaim their education, gain needed employment skills, and become leaders in the community.
Atlanta Carpenters of Local 225, which is part of the Southeastern Regional Council of Carpenters (SECRC), are stepping-up to help YouthBuild by renting several offices and a classroom to the Program at the Carpenters’ office/training complex.
By partnering with Atlanta YouthBuild, Local 225 provides much needed space to a great community program. The partnership benefits local citizens, while at the same time creating an additional pipeline into the skilled labor industry, which is experiencing historic shortages.
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGA) YouthBuild Program symbolizes the organization’s historic commitment to elevating traditionally underserved individuals and communities through economic empowerment.
As a first-time recipient of a U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild Grant, the ULGA is excited to offer the YouthBuild program to individuals residing in Fulton County Georgia.
There is a large demand for placement into the program, but limited class size for the 10-month training. To gain commitment from students and test their will to succeed, the Atlanta YouthBuild Program begins each term with a “boot camp,” consisting of physical and mental exercises (pictured).
The Carpenters-YouthBuild partnership completes the collaboration by offering Program graduates entry into the Local 225 apprenticeship program. Augusta Carpenters Local 283 also partners with Youthbuild in the Augusta/Richmond County area, and offers similar opportunities into the apprenticeship for YouthBuild graduates.
“To our knowledge, Atlanta Carpenters Local 225 is the only labor organization in the United States to house YouthBuild offices and the actual program,” said Tom Jenkins, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the SECRC. “Doing so allows YouthBuild participants to see our training facilities and career potential first-hand. They are able to observe apprentices as they learn a career, all the while taking their own classes to get their lives in order. We are proud to be a part of this excellent program.”