YouthBuild Returns to Yakima Valley
$1 million grant aids in return of expanded youth-oriented program
TOPPENISH – Late last year, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) and Northwest Community Action Center (NCAC) were awarded a grant to bring the YouthBuild Yakima Valley program back to the area.
The core of the YouthBuild Yakima Valley program is to rebuild futures and restore hope for youth and young adults with extreme academic and/or socio-economic challenges. Unlike most youth programs, the YouthBuild program provides holistic training to guide young adults toward becoming socially and financially responsible community members.
The $1 million grant was awarded last fall for a two-year program. This allows for a total of 62 participants, 31 in each cohort of the program.
YouthBuild Yakima Valley is now recruiting in the Mid and Lower Valley, and plans to begin in mid-February. NCAC will provide young adults without a high school diploma the opportunity to continue their education, build skills, and serve the community. YouthBuild is an education and construction training program, along with new opportunities for nursing/medical assistant training. Partners include the Toppenish, Granger, Grandview, Mabton, and Yakama Nation school districts; Habitat for Humanity; and Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center.
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 Toppenish, Granger, Grandview, Mabton, or the Yakama Nation.
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.
YouthBuild also teaches work-readiness and leadership skills along with hands-on construction or nursing/medical assistant training. Participants in construction training will have the chance to build affordable housing within the community and receive a nationally recognized construction trade certificate. Those who participate in nursing/medical assistant training will also gain a state-recognized certificate.
To learn more about the YouthBuild Yakima Valley program, call (509) 865-7630. Applications and information are also available at the Northwest Community Action Center, located at 706 Rentschler Lane, Toppenish, WA.
About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 141,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 19 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 57 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: www.yvfwc.com