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Students can receive GEDs while building homes

Young adults who need a GED and some working skills are invited to apply to YouthBuild, a youth and community development program meant to address housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development.
According to Karen Clark with the Alliance for Business and Training, YouthBuild programs allow local young people ages 18-24 to work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing.
“Our YouthBuild construction site is in the Shady Meadows Subdivision,” explained Clark. “It is our desire to help as many young adults in Mountain City as possible.” Although the program began this past week, there are still slots available for participation.
“Our YouthBuild program in Kingsport, which is funded through a Department of Labor grant, has been very successful in serving high school drop-outs and at-risk youth between the ages of 18-24,” said Clark. “The young adults are provided both classroom instruction towards obtaining their GEDs as well as hands-on instruction through the actual construction of homes for low-income families within the 8-10 month program.” According to Clark, the young adults receive pay and bonuses for the duration of the program, and are then assisted with their job search upon completion of the program. “The YouthBuild program is a wonderful opportunity for youth,” she said.
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, The Alliance for Business & Training (AB&T), located in Elizabethon, TN, serves as the administrative entity for the Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board.  Johnson County Mayor, Dick Grayson, currently serves as the President of AB&T. AB&T has provided services to the residents and employers of Northeast Tennessee since 1984 and strives towards creative and innovative solutions to keep Tennesseans educated and employed. Partnerships with the Johnson County school system and with Eastern Eight Community Development provide AB&T with the opportunity to assist young adults to simultaneously serve their communities and build their own future.
For more information, or to join YouthBuild, call 423-547-7521 or email [email protected] More information can also be obtained by visiting http://ab-t/youthbuild.htm.