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YouthBuild continues to build in New Britain.

YouthBuild continues to build in New Britain.  $1.1M in additional funding will engage 64 more youth in construction related training and careers

On September 22, The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $80.3 million in YouthBuild grants to non-profit organizations in 35 states to help young people struggling to reach key educational and career milestones and equip themselves to be successful in the workforce and engaged in their communities.

Earlier this week, Senator Murphy, Senator Blumenthal and Congresswoman DeLauro were in New Haven to announce that Connecticut was the recipient of four of the awarded grants totaling over $4 million for Hartford, New Britain, New Haven and Bridgeport.  $1.1 million was awarded to Capital Workforce Partners and their partners specifically for New Britain residents.

“YouthBuild has provided practical training in the trades and home building to New Britain youth and has helped to lay foundational skills that will benefit them for years to come,” said New Britain Mayor Erin E. Stewart. “YouthBuild is a comprehensive and supportive program that provides a unique opportunity for students looking to put themselves on the path to success. I am grateful that this program will continue.”

This new grant award will enroll and train 64 youth, ages 17-24. It will implement a contextualized learning model (I-BEST) and provide hands-on occupational training that will provide participants in one or many of the following credentials:  OSHA 10, CPR, fork lift, aerial lift, fall protection, lead worker, lead safety, scaffold erector and dismantler, ergonomics, respirator fit test, basic blueprint reading, and green tradesman. 

And when it comes time to putting training and certifications to work, the new YouthBuild participants will construct two single-family, affordable houses in New Britain –  474 Arch Street and 481 East Street.  In addition, YouthBuild graduates receive intensive retention and re-employment support services to ensure career pathway advancement. 

“We are very fortunate,” says Alex Johnson, acting President and CEO for Capital Workforce Partners, “to be able to provide more opportunities for more young adults in New Britain, building on the existing YouthBuild grant and the nearly 70 young adults who are currently participating in or who have graduated from this program to date.”  To be able to provide a continuum of service to this population that otherwise faces a myriad of life challenges, not only helps these specific individuals, but also the community at large.”

Partners in the YouthBuild program in New Britain include the City of New Britain, Finishing Trades Institute of Southern New England, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, NB Adult Education, Human Resources Agency of New Britain.

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As the state’s regional Workforce Development Board for north central Connecticut, Capital Workforce Partners helps individuals overcome barriers to employment and closes the gap between skills and business hiring needs. Capital Workforce Partners invests in youth and future workforce development, develops sustainable career paths for adult workers, and assists employers in targeted industries through a variety of programs and services provided through the American Job Center network and North Central Regional Jobs Funnel.  Please visit www.capitalworkforce.org for more information.