YouthBuild Continues in Lower Yakima Valley
TOPPENISH – There are nearly 2.3 million low-income, 16 – 24-year-old youth in the United States who are not in school. YouthBuild Yakima Valley helps these youth providing training, GED education, and mentoring. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is continuing the program for another two years with another $1 million grant, awarded earlier this year, to continue helping the area’s youth.
Traditionally, the program offers young people a chance to earn a GED and gain construction skills and experience. Now, with Construction Plus, participants will also learn valuable medical assistant training. Those who participate in nursing/medical assistant training can earn a state-recognized certificate.
For young people who left high school without a diploma, YouthBuild is an opportunity to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment, and become leaders in their communities.
To be eligible for participation individuals must be 16-24 years of age, have left traditional schooling, and meet one of the following factors: low income, in foster care, have a disability, child of an incarcerated parent, migrant youth, or an offender. They must also be a resident of White Swan, Harrah, Toppenish, Wapato, Granger, Mabton, and Grandview.
YouthBuild is a national program funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration. The goal of this program is to help young people earn their high school diploma or General Education Development Certificate while gaining occupational skills training that prepares them for career placement.
To learn more about the YouthBuild Yakima Valley program, call (509) 314-9158. Interest forms and information are also available at the Northwest Community Action Center, located at 706 Rentschler Lane, Toppenish, WA.