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Yarmuth announces $1.1 million in funding for job training at Youthbuild Louisville


Congressman Yarmuth, Councilman David Tandy (back), and representatives from Youthbuild Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, June 16, 2011 –  Congressman John Yarmuth announced today that YouthBuild Louisville has been awarded $1,100,000 for two years of grant operations and one year  of follow-up.  

“This federal investment in Youthbuild Louisville is supporting an organization that isn’t just building homes -- its rebuilding lives,” said Congressman John Yarmuth. “Youthbuild works. Last year, 100 percent of those who completed the training program had landed a job or enrolled in school.”

YouthBuild Louisville is a part of YouthBuild USA, a nationwide program in which 16-24 year olds work toward their high school credentials while learning job skills ultimately leading to self-sufficiency.  Participants in the YouthBuild Louisville program include individuals who have been in the juvenile justice system, youth aging out of foster care, high school dropouts and others. In addition to receiving academic and occupational skills training, these young people develop leadership skills and participate in community service opportunities.  YouthBuild Louisville participants are learning "green" building techniques, assisting with retrofitting existing homes, and discovering how to help make their communities sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

On May 18, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced the award of approximately $75.8 million to 76 community groups to provide education and training to young people across the United States.  This funding announcement brings to 228 the total number of YouthBuild projects funded by the department. 

"Every day in America, 7,000 students drop out of high school. Our nation cannot afford to lose these young people," said Secretary Solis. "YouthBuild provides an important second chance to earn an education while also developing valuable skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

At YouthBuild Louisville, over 97% of incoming students are living below poverty level and graduate prepared for post-secondary education, job or apprenticeship placement or military service. Each year YouthBuild Louisville turns away at least 150 interested students due to budget constraints and the limited availability of construction and environmental partners.

Executive Director, Lynn Rippy, said “Our young people are waiting to prove their talents and skills to their families and the Louisville community we serve.  Young adults are at our doors in record numbers and this investment allows them the new opportunities necessary for their successful transition to prosperity through love and encouragement, jobs training and education.  They spend one year with us changing their own lives while changing the neighborhoods in which they live.  Louisville is never the same as result of their personal commitments.”