U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, R-25th District, recently toured ongoing progress at a home construction site for Urban League of Rochester’s YouthBuild program, a nationwide initiative that provides pathways for at-risk young adults to successfully transition from school to the workforce while rebuilding their communities.
YouthBuild students have spent over a year building a single-family home in the JOSANA neighborhood, a low-income housing community in Stadium Estates. Since 2013, Slaughter has helped secure $2.2 million for ULR.
“I am pleased to join ULR’s William Clark and other community partners today to tour the great strides YouthBuild Rochester has made in rebuilding our neighborhoods,” Slaughter said. “If we want to create opportunities for at-risk youth, we have to invest in them. That’s exactly what YouthBuild does. This tremendous program provides pathways for at-risk youth to gain the skills training they need to succeed later on in life. I have been a proud supporter of YouthBuild for many years, and am so impressed by the work they’re doing to help our community.”
YouthBuild Rochester serves disadvantaged and at-risk young adults ages 18-24. Using a dual program model that combines academic instruction and occupational skills training, participants work toward completing a high school diploma or GED, and earn industry-recognized credentials in high-demand construction trades while gaining hands-on experience in the construction industry.
“I want to thank Congresswoman Slaughter for her continued support of ULR and all its programs,” said Clark, ULR president and CEO. “Every year, YouthBuild Rochester helps countless young people across our community gain the training and the skills they need to succeed in their careers and in life. This is in no small part because of the congresswoman’s continued leadership on this issue.”
Rochester Cornerstone Group and Atlas Contractors are two companies that work closely with YouthBuild. The companies purchased a lot from the city of Rochester as part of the Stadium Estates project for YouthBuild students to build a house for a low-income family.