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For Immediate Release

Tool Belt Ceremony Marks a New Beginning

YouthBuild class receives tools for constructing a brighter future

CINCINNATI, January 24, 2014

Media Contact:
Lisa Doxsee


Easter Seals TriState welcomed a new YouthBuild class of young women and men ages 18-24 with a special ceremony. The ceremony celebrates each youth’s successful completion of a rigorous two-week boot camp and which has proven their commitment to bettering their lives. Each will receive a tool belt signifying the tools they will use to transform their lives and rebuild communities.

During the ceremony each YouthBuild enrollee receives a tool belt, hard hat and a team shirt as a starter kit guiding their way during the next year as they gain the skills and support they need to succeed.

The youth working in YouthBuild, most of whom have not completed high school and all of whom come from low-income families, have completed boot camp and are ready to begin their YouthBuild projects and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Easter Seals TriState's YouthBuild is partnering with Price Hill Will in 2014. YouthBuild construction teams will take on rehab projects in the Price Hill neighborhood; the first being at a home on Fisk Avenue. YouthBuild teams will work side-by-side with local contractors and will learn the ins and outs of tear-out, construction and renovation. For the first time, YouthBuild will also include an advanced manufacturing track to train interested students for an abundance of jobs in advanced manufacturing. By rebuilding homes and manufacturing training, youth are rebuilding their lives and constructing a positive future for themselves and the neighborhood.

With YouthBuild, the young adults will divide their time between working toward a high school diploma and working a job training site where they will be rehabbing homes for low-income or homeless in the community of working in a packaging and logistics center. These young adults have willingly decided to improves their lives and are committed to success. At the end of the program they will receive either a NCCER Certification in Construction Craft and Carpentry, a pre-requisite to construction employment, through partnership with Messer Construction Co. or a MSSC Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certification, equal to 5 years in advanced manufacturing.

YouthBuild is a national U.S. Department of Labor program of more than 273 program sites across the country. Locally, Easter Seals WRC was chosen to be a YouthBuild site in the Greater Cincinnati area.








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