Letter from the Director, Lynn Rippy
Fiscal year 2016/17 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 2016, YouthBuild held its first Building Lives Breakfast for 550 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 18 people to become charter members of the Building Lives Society.
Thanks to a significant contribution from our steadfast partner, Louisville Metro Government, we were able to announce the groundbreaking of our final campus building. It 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 counseling suite for our amazing case managers.
During the planning of this expansion, YouthBuild was privileged to be given the contract to manage the Mayor’s SummerWorks program recruiting thousands of local youth and assisting them into the summer job market. This project has allowed us to continue to serve the most vulnerable and resilient youth. Six local nonprofits applied and were awarded grants to offer project-based learning through work experiences that built skills and community.
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