The New Britain YouthBuild project will provide construction training to 70 New Britain youth without a high school diploma or GED. Participants will be trained using the nationally acclaimed Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model where they were learn basic academic skills in the context of the skills necessary to be successful in construction industry.
Upon completion of the program, YouthBuild participants will have accomplished the following:
- earn industry recognized credentials;
- earn a GED or equivalent;
- achieve literacy and numeracy gains;
- advance to post-secondary education, a registered apprenticeship or employment;
- retain education or employment for a minimum of 9 months;
- the recidivism rate for court-involved youth will be less than half the national average
At the end of the New Britain YouthBuild project, the youth will have constructed five (5) single family affordable houses located in the following neighborhoods: Willow St., Fairview Street and Newington Avenue.
Victor Colon (l) is 18 years old and has come to the YouthBuild New Britain program to begin building his future. He is looking forward to earning his High School Diploma/GED. Victor is a father who has a dream to become a construction worker; making a great salary to support his family and help his son have the best life possible.
Jose Abreu (m) is 21 years old and a High School graduate. He has come to the YouthBuild New Britain program to build a career as a Carpenter/Painter. He is a highly motivated young man and a natural team leader. He has been voted to the position of Chairman, by his peers, to head their Youth Service Council. He comes to YouthBuild New Britain program with a strong work ethic; never making excuses and always ready to collaborate and build connections.
Heriberto (Eddie) Cajigas (r) CT Department of Labor, Jobs Funnel Program Manager