The U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development recently provided $45.5 million in grants for the
Youthbuild program, which offers job training in the homebuilding industry and
leadership skills for an estimated 3, 075 “at-risk” young people (ages 16 to 24).
Youthbuild grants help these students, who have dropped out of high school, to
earn their high school diplomas and train them for a future in the construction
trades, all while helping to build homes for lower-income families.
The grants went to 74 organizations and
communities in 29 states and the District of Columbia. For information about
applying for a grant, visit www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/economicdevelopment/programs/youthbuild.