YouthBuild Omaha Program Helps Students Learn Trades

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

On Wednesday July 24th, WOWT kicks off the Drive For Drives. Some of the old electronics will go to help some local students.

This is a hands on program, and the students come for all sorts of reasons. "I have four boys so I'm doing it for them," one student said. "I always told myself I was going to graduate or be in school by the time my little brother graduated," another added. "I came here to further my education," said a third.

The program is YouthBuild Omaha. Students spend half their day in class preparing for the G.E.D. and the other half volunteering and learning construction skills. This big commitment lasts for the entire year. "Their hours go towards money for college so it's a great way for them to stick it through," said Mirian Blair, YouthBuild Coordinator.

Hundreds of students have come through the program since 2005. The program has a 90 percent retention rate.

Students use refurbished computers donated to Goodwill in the classroom, and learn trade skills to take them to their dream job.

"Learn as many construction skills as I can. I want to go into plumbing or steam fitting." "I plan to go to college for cosmetology." "I want to be a motorcycle mechanic and open my own shop," were the responses from three of the students as to what they want to do when they get through the program.

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