- YOUTHBUILD OF THE PINEYWOODS (YBPW) PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The mission of is to engage low-income at-risk young people ages 18 to 24 with barriers to employment from small cities in rural Angelina and Nacogdoches counties in transforming their lives through increased education, training, and leadership opportunities that allow them to earn a living wage for themselves and their families. YBPW participants do this while simultaneously building affordable housing for local low-income families, participating in construction-related service-learning activities that connect learning with civic engagement, and developing relationships with construction-industry employers who will serve as their mentors. In this 24-month program, YBPW integrates the following six program components to ensure that participants meet both the national and YBPW program performance measures:
- Leadership Development
- Counseling/Case Management
- Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
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- JOB SKILLS CLASSES: Youth clients are provided training opportunities emphasizing job readiness techniques and work-related life skills in a classroom setting in order to successfully transition to the world of work. Training topics include, but are not limited to: Self-Presentation, Job Applications, Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills, Job Search, and Job Coaching.
- FINANCIAL EDUCATION CLASSES: Youth clients are provided financial education in a classroom setting. Topics include, but are not limited to: Money Management, Basic Banking, Building Credit, Saving to Build Wealth, Identification Theft and Fraud, and Teens and Money. All curriculum and education materials meet Best Practices for Personal Finance Educational Materials developed by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Finance Literacy. Class schedules vary on both topic and schedule based on the needs of clients and/or community partners.