STUDENTS FROM CEO’S YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM ATTEND ANNUAL YOUTHBUILD AMERICORPS CONFERENCE OF YOUNG LEADERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Troy residents Acharu Major and Shakirra Byrd, graduates of CEO’s YouthBuild program, joined more than 100 other young leaders in Washington, D.C. at the 29th Annual YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders and the YouthBuild USA Capitol Hill Day.
The YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders brings together more than 100 low-income young people from across the country to share their experiences with each other, develop leadership skills, and participate in service projects. Major and Byrd were selected to represent CEO’s YouthBuild as successful program graduates.
In addition to skill building workshops, conference attendees will elect the Young Leaders Council, which serves as a national policy making voice for current YouthBuild students. Participants will also meet with their local Congressperson on YouthBuild USA Capitol Hill Day to communicate the importance YouthBuild programs locally and nationwide.
CEO’s YouthBuild is a workforce development program for young people ages 16 to 24 that offers job training, education and case management to assist participants in removing barriers to employment. Participants have the opportunity to complete their high school equivalency, while also learning construction skills and earning certifications that may help them find employment after the program. The program works closely with Habitat for Humanity Capital District and AmeriCorps, donating thousands of hours of community service throughout the Capital Region.