Noticias Telemundo recently featured Los Angeles Technology Center’s YouthBuild Program during its broadcast segment on “Community Resources.” The YouthBuild Program is funded through a Department of Labor Grant and is managed in partnership by LAUSD’s Los Angeles Technology Center and the Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services (AYE).
The nine month program seeks to connect young people between the ages of 18-24 residing near the HUD Empowerment Zone of Pico Union with union trade employment in the booming field of construction. The free program offers participating youth with the academic preparation for a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate, construction training and an opportunity for paid work experience at a Habitat for Humanity worksite. In addition, youth are given leadership and soft-skill development, OSHA training, driver’s training and field trips to trade-union administrative sites to assist them in securing employment in the field.
During Telemundo’s visit on Tuesday, February 20th, reporter Marcela Navarrete, interviewed Construction Instructor, Sharell Matthews, LATC Community Representative, Yadira Cobon and YouthBuild Participant, Luis Tellez. Another YouthBuild Participant, Cristobal Martinez, was quoted as saying, “I like this program because I am learning at my own pace, and feel that learning is fun.”
If you have any interested prospective participants, please have them contact the Los Angeles Technology Center Counseling Office at (323)373-2300.
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