Winston-Salem believes in the future of its young citizens

Through the City’s YouthBuild program, Winston-Salem plans to get young people involved and educated. YouthBuild was given a three-year, $1.1 million grant to help underprivileged youth get involved in the community. According to the City’s website, “The purpose of YouthBuild is to unleash the positive energy of unemployed young adults to rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, responsibility and family.”

YouthBuild is currently offering a six-month program for eligible high school drop-outs. Eligible applicants will have the opportunity to get paid while they earn their GED, and they will receive training and certification in a construction trade.

The program’s participants also receive a personal development plan.  After they complete the program, they will also be assisted in finding employment or continuing education.

In order to be eligible, applicants must be a high-school drop out, without a GED, and they must be between the ages of 16-24.

They are also required to meet one of the following:

-Live in a low-income household

-Be a current or former foster youth

-Have a disability

-Be the child of an incarcerated parent

-Be a youth or adult offender

-Be a migrant farm worker youth.

If you are interested in applying for this program, please stop by one of the recreation centers scheduled on the list below.

Monday, 3/10

Hanes Hosiery Community Center

501 Reynolds Blvd.

10 a.m.

Monday, 3/10

Rupert Bell Neighborhood Center

1501 Mount Zion Place

3 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/11

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center 2001 Pittsburg Ave.

Noon.

Tuesday, 3/11

Carl H. Russell Sr. Recreation Center

3521 Carver School Road

5 p.m.

Wednesday, 3/12

Hanes Hosiery Community Center

501 Reynolds Blvd.

1 p.m.

Wednesday, 3/12

William Roscoe Anderson Jr. Recreation Center

2450 Reynolds Park Road

2 p.m.

Thursday, 3/13

Miller Park Community Center

400 Leisure Lane

10 a.m.

Thursday, 3/13

Sprague St. Community Center

1350 E Sprague St.

4 p.m.

Friday, 3/14

William C. Sims Sr. Neighborhood Center

1201 Alder St.

4 p.m.

Monday, 3/31

14th Street Community Center

2020 N.E. 14th St.

11 a.m.

For more information, please call 336-397-7770 or send an email to youthbuildws@cityofws.org.

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