Heidi Kirschner, CEO/President of the YMCA, the lead agency for the program said, “our goal for Ulster YouthBuild under this new grant is to be able to steer the program in a direction that will give us an opportunity to grow the program over the next several years. To position ourselves so that the program is sustainable and always available for young people who are in need of education and skills training that offers significant national credentials/certifications that can be used to better their future job potential.”
The Ulster YouthBuild grant will focus on Education, Housing Construction skills training and Life Skills/Leadership Development, which will be offered to income eligible young adults ages 16-24 who are no longer attending high school. During the operation period of the grant, YouthBuild will be building a new house on property that was transferred to YouthBuild by the City of Kingston. The house once completed, will be offered for sale to a low-income first time homebuyer. In keeping with the mission to serve, community service projects will also be offered as time permits.
Supporting partners in the program which include the County of Ulster, City of Kingston, RUPCO, Ulster BOCES, U.C. OET, Habitat for Humanity, and many other agencies that have offered support. We will continue to provide program information sessions to our partners that is designed to help them better understand what YouthBuild is and how they might assist. We will be seeking advice from our partners on all program components, and input on how to make the program a positive experience for the young people that will be served by Ulster YouthBuild.
Ulster YouthBuild will begin recruitment for participants immediately and encourages out of school young people meeting the program eligibility requirements to contact the program at 331-2381 for application information.