- The Wawa Foundation champions important causes with a particular focus on health, hunger, and heroes. Just after the Independence Day holiday, YouthBuild Philly received a grant from The Wawa Foundation help address our students’ nutritional needs. This grant will be applied toward stocking our pantries and refrigerator in our student lounge so that students will have access to fresh food during the school day.
- The White and Richardson Trust, through the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends, also selected YouthBuild Philly’s Student Support Fund as a grant recipient for May 2016. This funding will be used to provide meals and snacks for students, as well as address housing emergencies through need-based grants.
- If you would like to donate to the YouthBuild Philly Student Support Fund, you may do so through Network for Good.
Yesterday we celebrated the completion of two new LEED-targeted homes, a project that spanned 3 years and engaged over 180 YouthBuild students in construction training! The properties at 2006 & 2008 W. Wingohocking were transformed from abandoned houses into affordable, energy-efficient homes that will be sold through Nicetown CDC to first-time homebuyers.
The ribbon cutting ceremony featured remarks by representatives from YouthBuild USA, Nicetown CDC, the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Council, Saint-Gobain, and YouthBuild Philly. YouthBuild student Maine Robbins took the podium to acknowledge his peers and predecessors for the hard work that they’d put into the properties, and described the importance of sustainable building for our planet’s future.
We asked a few students and recent alumni why they loved YouthBuild, and put their responses in a video. We’re very touched by what our students said about YouthBuild, and grateful to our supporters for helping us be a school that students can love!
(We’re happy to add that Aineias, a graduate of YouthBuild who talks about his 21st birthday in this video, turned 21 earlier this week.)
YouthBuild’s Young Professionals – a group of student leaders that meets on Mondays to talk about leadership, problem solving and professional development – participated in a photo activity this week to teach their peers (and the public!) about their vocational training program.
Here’s what they had to say about the Business Administration Scholars (BAS) program, Greenbuild, Child Development Associate (CDA) training, Building & Deconstruction, and Healthcare.
What else would you like to know about our vocational training programs? Leave a question in the comments!
The Student Life department organized a field trip to Baltimore last Friday so that students could visit the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum there. This was an eye-opening experience for many students, who later shared their reflections in writing on social media. One student reflected on black history in connection with her decision to apply to college, posting a photo of her Esperanza College application along with the caption:
Even though I’m scared, I look forward to this next chapter in my life. It’s crazy how a simple trip to a museum can impact your life in a great way. Seeing how resilient they where regardless of their situation really gets to the mind & heart…
Another student wrote:
Yesterday I was able to attend a trip to the Great Blacks in Wax museum. The emotions and vibes I felt were unreal. I saw the real truth and horror of what blacks had to endure throughout history. But I also witnessed something almost indescribable. I saw their hope, pride, and optimism. Even in the face of death and immense oppression, their inner passion to fight for what they wanted was remarkable. I learned that even if people says that you are less than what you are you should never let that stop you from trying to achieve what you really want even if it is impossible. Class of 2016, don’t give up. We are almost finished. Remember your resilience!
These reflections are a testament to the importance of travel and new experiences for young people’s personal growth and worldview. Shout-out to the Student Life staff who organized the trip!
If you would like to support another travel opportunity to YouthBuild students, please consider making a donation to support our Spring Break Service Trip, which will take 20 YouthBuild students to Utuado, Puerto Rico for a volunteer project next month. Making a gift online is a great way to support the trip – or you can attend the Young Friends Spring Break fundraiser at North Bowl on March 3! Tickets are available online.