Letter from the CEO, Lynn Rippy
Fiscal year 2018/19 presented YouthBuild Louisville with the opportunity to test some of our greatest strengths: our resilience during growth, the commitment of supporters and partners, and our resolve to sustain our transformational work with our communities’ young people. In December 2018, YouthBuild held our 3rd Building Lives Breakfast for 550-630 of our newest and oldest friends. The loyalty of our supporters and an unwavering focus on the well-being of our young people enabled us to tell our story through the voices of graduates. This event generated community support we have not known before and inspired 36 people to become charter members of the Building Lives Society.
Since 2017, YouthBuild was privileged to be given the contract to manage the Mayor’s SummerWorks program recruiting thousands of local youth and assisting their entry into the summer job market.
In 2018, YouthBuild broke ground on the 8,000 sq ft campus expansion which will house more year-round programs for young people, a job center for our neighborhood and community, a fitness center, a new home for our partner, Project Warm, and a counseling suite for our amazing case managers.
In 2019, the Kentucky Commission and Louisville Metro Government approved funding for our Urban Conservation Corps program to expand our workforce training options in Environmental Studies. This year YouthBuild is also managing a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program in collaboration with Louisville Urban League, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville Youth Group, KentuckianaWorks and SummerWorks. These projects allow us to continue to serve the most vulnerable and resilient youth.
This growth has allowed for headway in implementing YouthBuild Louisville’s strategic plan. On behalf of our dedicated staff, Board and the youth we serve, I thank you for your support. Your belief in our work makes it possible for young people in this community to thrive and raise their young families in ways they never imagined possible.
– Lynn Rippy, President & CEO