2016-2017 Louisville Metro Council Meeting
Watch as YouthBuild Louisville student, Derrick Vincent, makes a presentation to Louisville Metro Council on the importance of the program in the lives of urban youth.
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Congratulations to YouthBuild's newest graduate!
With his Jefferson County High School Diploma in hand, Eric Hale, Jr. is beaming with pride! Through hard work and personal dedication, Eric was able to complete his courses and earn the diploma while enrolled in the YouthBuild Louisville program. But the journey was not an easy one, and Eric has worked hard to realize his dreams!
Eric was referred to the YouthBuild Louisville program by two alumni of YouthBuild, Kevin Staples and Maurica Williams. “I heard about their experience in YouthBuild and I thought it might work for me too,” said Eric.
“When Eric first entered YouthBuild his ADHD and subsequent behavior patterns had prevented him from reaching his goals in a traditional learning environment. This is not uncommon with our students, and it’s something we work really hard to address within our program, but ultimately the students have to put in the work” said Kennina Porter, Program Manager at YouthBuild Louisville.
“Eric has experienced a dramatic transformation over these last few months in the program. Initially, he could barely sit still and focus. It took a while for new habits to form, but he really has invested in the process. He’s much more intentional about his interactions and has learned to recognize when it is time to separate himself and work on individual work in order to stay on task. His upbeat personality is now a welcomed trait as he encourages his peers and passionately pursues his goals,” Kennina continued.
Eric is one of the YouthBuild students currently enrolled in the CNA Training program through a partnership with Spaulding University. Eric plans to attend Bluegrass Community Technical College and later transfer to the University of Kentucky to complete his nursing degree. It’s been a great few weeks for Eric as he has recently celebrated his 21st Birthday, received his Driver’s License, played in his first game on the YBL basketball team and earned his High School Diploma! Way to go, Eric, we are all very proud of you!
- 17,803 hours of community service completed for AmeriCorps
- 150 Street trees planted
- 118.1 Years of educational upgrades achieved
- 26 Construction (PACT) certifications earned
- 23 Agencies served, reaching over 180 people
- 18 Students placed into full- or part-time jobs
- 17 Heading to college in the fall
- 11 GEDs obtained
- 7 Students completed an Historic Presevation Window Workshop
- 4 Students participated in two week intensive apprenticeship in France
- 2 Houses rehabbed
- 2 Playhouses build for Kosair Kids
YouthBuild Louisville Students Visit France
From June 1st-13th, four YouthBuild Louisville students and two staff members traveled to work in the King’s Garden in Versailles, France. Brittany Carson, Nikkia Rhodes, Steffan Hall, and Layfierre Mitchell were accompanied by Cheyenne Orobia and Lynn Rippy. They spent a few days exploring Versailles before getting their hands dirty-literally- in the garden. They learned new techniques for combatting weeds and sold vegetables at the farmer’s market. They also traveled by train, tried new foods, and took in historic sites like Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Click here to read the blog about their adventures.
YBL Working on Muhammad Ali’s childhood home
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee for the YouthBuild team, the summer heat did not hinder their champion work ethic. YouthBuild's SummerWorks participants was the first group selected to begin demolition on the childhood home of a Louisville legend. Read more...
GE Give A Day: Smoketown Streetscape Video
On Friday, October 17, 2014 South Preston Street was closed from Broadway to Breckinridge to make room for a day-long streetscape revitalization project. GE Volunteers and community partners united to transform three blocks of the Smoketown neighborhood into a pedestrian-friendly corridor, complete with bus shelters, a wiffle ball field, benches, new crosswalks, “Smoketown Neighborhood” waste bins, and more than 16 bike racks. Read more...