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LVJUSD YouthBuild Offers Second Chance for Student Success

September 21, 2021- Livermore, CA -  The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) has joined together with more than 25 community partners, along with the Department of Labor, to launch a new YouthBuild program in the Tri-Valley area. YouthBuild is a “second chance for success” opportunity for youth, ages 16-24, who did not complete high school and have also faced some kind of setback, socio-economic challenge or disadvantage. The LVJUSD YouthBuild program will also include a percentage of students who are currently enrolled in an alternative education high school.

LVJUSD YouthBuild Project HOPE (Hosting Opportunities to Promote Employability) will consist of six-month sessions where participants will re-engage in academic work that supports their passing of the General Educational Development (GED) test or completion of their high school degree. Participants will also take part in a pre-apprenticeship construction program that will include hands-on construction work with local, low-income housing, and culminate with an industry-recognized certification. This marketable knowledge and experience, together with life and leadership skill development, will help students complete the program prepared to enter the workforce and earn a living.

Steven Martin, YouthBuild’s Program Manager, is most excited by the various levels of support offered to young adults who want to finish their education and get on a career track. “This program offers teachers and mentors for educational support, trade certifications, hands-on experiences, practical life skills, and job placement. To top it off, LVJUSD YouthBuild is also a paid pre-apprenticeship program. The classes are free, and students will also earn a monthly stipend for regular attendance and participation. This six month program is a unique opportunity for young adults who want a fresh start toward a real career,” expressed Martin.

LVJUSD successfully applied for and received a three year, $1.5M competitive federal grant from the Department of Labor to help fund the YouthBuild program which will serve young adults from Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin. Community partnerships and LVJUSD will provide an additional 25% of the financial and in-kind support to champion the program. “When young people succeed, we are strengthened as a community. It’s inspiring to see our local agencies come together to provide this opportunity to students in need of a second chance,” shared Superintendent Kelly Bowers.

For more information about the program, including a list of community partners, visit www.livermoreschools.org/YouthBuild to submit an interest form, or email the Program Manager directly at sjmartin@lvjusd.org.

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