Detroit Non-Profit Receives 1.1 Million in US Department of Labor YouthBuild Funding

Top Quote Through this grant award, the SER YouthBuild Construction Institute will continue to change lives through education, empowerment, and the chance for participants to build and serve their community. End Quote
  • Detroit, MI (1888PressRelease) October 06, 2015 - SER Metro- Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc., was awarded a $1.1 million dollar grant from the US Department of Labor to continue operating its YouthBuild program. This is SER's 4th three-year cycle of grant funding and to date, the SER YouthBuild Construction Institute has served more than 200 young adults by providing a program that combines GED preparation, hands-on construction skills training, leadership development, civic responsibility, job placement, and enrollment in post-secondary education. Participants have an opportunity to become AmeriCorps service members through volunteer learning experience and receive a $1500.00 scholarship award upon completion of requirements.

    SER is an Affiliate Member of YouthBuild USA and one of 50 Detroit community agencies who have committed to President Obama's employment initiative: My Brother's Keeper. YouthBuild's mission aligns closely with the goals of this national initiative which seeks to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and ensures that all young people can realize their full potential.

    "The SER YouthBuild Construction Institute is designed to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of youth to rebuild Detroit and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, family, and citizenship. The SER YouthBuild Construction Institute's main purpose is to educate and transform underprivileged young adults and provide them with outstanding academic and life skills, construction training, and leadership skills" says SER Metro-Detroit's President and CEO, Eva Garza Dewaelsche.

    SER Metro-Detroit is proud to be part of the national movement to decrease barriers to employment and higher learning for high-risk individuals.

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