Workforce Development and YouthBuild

SBY’s Workforce Development Program provides academic training toward a GED, vocational classroom training in carpentry, barbering, environmental maintenance and other occupations, on-site carpentry experience and job placement in a variety of high-demand fields. Almost all graduates of the program either continue in higher education or obtain employment, demonstrating marketable skills and self-sufficiency. The program is designed for young people who are not enrolled in school, test at or above the seventh-grade level in math and language skills and are committed to changing their lives. Click here to check out YouthBuild’s student blog.

Our YouthBuild component is a national model. Obama Labor Secretary Hilda Solis chose our site to announce a major new initiative. Here is the DOL press release

Check out this Video on SBY’s YouthBuild Program!

Building for the Future

In July 2011, Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s governing Board of Directors accepted the donation of two adjoining lots totaling roughly one-quarter of an acre at 5032 D Street SE in Ward 7. Our vision is to rehabilitate an existing, abandoned structure on one of these lots for use as affordable, service-enriched transitional housing for homeless youth. We are eager to use this donated property as our very own, hands-on training site and community service endeavor for the young people enrolled in our YouthBuild Program.

In December 2011, we were selected by Reed Construction Data and AEC Cares for a one-day site renovation project on May 16, 2012. Leveraging its extensive network of construction trade organizations, Reed Construction Data will be soliciting sponsor packages of building materials, furniture and expert labor and anticipates up to 150 building professionals will donate their time and expertise to help move our vision into reality.

A Development Committee will lend expertise as we create architectural plans, build community support, navigate the District’s land use regulations, and as we organize and raise funds for the rehabilitation project.

Stovall Smith Neyman Architects has agreed to serve as architect and we have completed a preliminary design for the project. The most pressing order of business is for us to secure a general contractor. The general contractor’s main duties will be to assist with scheduling, cost estimating, organizing sponsors and donations, pre-delivery of materials for installation on May 16th, and organization of youth training. Please contact James Beck at 202-675-9340 to refer a prospective general contractor or to set up an interview with the project development team.

The facility will provide a safe place for up to 8 at-risk youth in a home-like environment with bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, living room, meeting space and offices for staff. Here is a link to the current, dilapidated structure: 3_side_property.pdf We are excited about incorporating green or energy saving measures. We expect excellent local and perhaps national media coverage of this project, and we are working closely with the District of Columbia government to ensure broad-based support from elected officials and other public servants.

You can help.

Workforce Development and YouthBuild

Email: kwalker@sashabruce.org
Phone: 202-675-9355
Address: 2804 Martin Luther King Avenue SE, Washington DC 20032

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