Bottom line: most construction jobs pay well. Many of the today’s youths who dropout of school would prefer a hands-on approach to their education. Young men and women can get experience in construction trades while helping to build and restore affordable housing for low-income and homeless persons through the Youthbuild Program. Youthbuild provides grants to assist high-risk, very low-income youth between the ages of 16-24 to learn housing construction skills and to complete their high school education at the same time. Youthbuild teaches participants how to tear down or rehabilitate old houses and how to build new houses from the ground up. Youthbuild programs offer educational and job training services, leadership training, counseling, living allowances, placement services and even driver’s education courses. To obtain additional information, contact the HUD office or check their web site for a program in your area. Contact U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development, Phyllis Williams, 451 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20410; 202-708-2035; www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/economicdevelopment/programs/youthbuild/index.cfm or www.youthbuild.org/
Income Eligibility: Must be unemployed.
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