YouthBuild program launches in greater Harrisburg

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Dec 9, 2013 3:53 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A $900,000 federal grant is helping to launch a new youth and community development program at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg.

YouthBuild is designed for 18 to 24-year-olds who are unemployed and under-educated.

The YWCA is teaming up with a number of groups, including Harrisburg Area Community College, to launch the effort.

Tina Nixon, the YWCA's CEO, says participants will be able to earn their GED's and learn job skills in the construction trades.

"What we're trying to do is have a program in our area that really transforms lives, that really makes a difference and has a lasting impact," she says.

"It's not just one-and-done, it's a nine month program these individuals will go through. And it's going to be intense."

Nixon notes they will be building homes in low-income neighborhoods, so the community should benefit as much as the individuals.

Applications are now being accepted. A total of 50 slots are available in the program.

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