More than 150 business and community business leaders from more than 25 local organizations recently gathered to celebrate neighborhood revitalization through community partnerships at Flower City Habitat for Humanity’s annual Leaders Build Luncheon.
The sold-out event is the culmination of Leaders Build Fridays and the weeklong Leaders Build event, in which C-suite executives and mid-level managers help build five Habitat homes — a total of 840 hours.
Urban League of Rochester received the Golden Hammer Award, presented by Davidson Fink. The award recognizes significant economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts by community partners.
Urban League’s programs build self-reliance and strength among the disadvantaged in the community. Its YouthBuild workforce development program helps teens obtain a high school diploma equivalency and/or an industry-recognized certificate. Participants complete 144 hours of pre-apprenticeship construction training courses at Monroe Community College and receive hands-on build experience with Flower City Habitat.
During its most recent grant cycle, which runs about every three years, 69 students ages 18-24 completed the program. From that number, 62 percent obtained employment, 76 percent retained employment for one year after exiting the program, 79 percent attained a degree and 85 percent increased their literacy/numeracy scores.