Cincinnati, OH, July 18, 2017
The Scripps Howard Foundation has awarded $30,000 to Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati’s YouthBuild program. YouthBuild, a national program supported by the Department of Labor, provides disadvantaged youth with academic instruction, dedicated case-management support and practical, credentialed training and placement opportunities in the construction trade–one of the most in-demand industries locally. Funding from the Scripps Howard foundation will support the essential material costs and indirect expenses that are invaluable to the success of the program.
The Scripps Howard Foundation is committed to building strong communities and improving the quality of life. They support sound educational programs, strong families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture, and inclusive civic affairs. This mission strongly aligns with the YouthBuild model - a viable solution to the community-wide problems of poverty, high school drop outs, and labor shortages. YouthBuild helps youth to not only succeed in the classroom and the workplace, but to become responsible, engaged members in the revitalizaton of the community.
Easterseals’ local implementation of the YouthBuild program allows youth to rehabilitate dilapidated properties as part of their practical training, properties that will eventually be sold to low-income families interested in long-term ownership. Current participants are renovating a property in the Evanston community that Easterseals acquired through partnership with the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority. Easterseals will reinvest any income from the sale of the renovated property into additional sites for the program, ensuring future opportunities that benefit both youth and the community.
“YouthBuild simply would not exist locally without the critical funding support of our community partners,” says Easterseals President and CEO Pam Green. “We are deeply grateful to the Scripps Howard Foundation for making sure that these promising individuals receive the training and support they need to overcome the substantial barriers they are facing in their journey to academic and professional success.”
Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati programs currently serve more than 8,000 individuals annually. By focusing on managing whatever challenge stands in the way of an individual’s success, Easterseals is uniquely equipped to serve people with disabilities, people facing disadvantages, and veterans.