CLEARWATER (July 18, 2013) – WorkNet Pinellas is proud to announce they are a recipient of a U.S. Department of Labor $1.1M grant to continue the Tampa Bay YouthBuild program. The program will provide academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth ages 17 to 24 while constructing affordable housing for low-income or homeless families within the community.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to build on the success of the previous YouthBuild program,” states Ed Peachey, President and CEO of Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance and WorkNet Pinellas. “Not only will these youth receive training which will help them begin a career path in construction trades, the community will benefit from their efforts by increasing the amount of available affordable housing and by having a more skilled workforce.”
Students will split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their GED or high school diploma, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for college and other post-secondary training opportunities. Tampa Bay YouthBuild includes significant support systems such as a mentoring, follow-up education, employment, and personal counseling services; and participation in community service and civic engagement.
Key partners for the Tampa Bay YouthBuild program include St. Petersburg Housing Authority, Home Builders Institute (HBI), Pinellas County Schools, Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Pinellas County Health and Human Services, as well as trade organizations and apprenticeship programs that can reach employer contacts including the Independent Electrical Contractors, the Masonry Association of Florida, and the Florida Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association.
About WorkNet Pinellas
WorkNet Pinellas is a member of the Employ Florida statewide network of workforce services and resources. To locate WorkNet Pinellas’ One-Stop Centers visit, www.worknetpinellas.org or call (727) 524-4344. WorkNet is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities by calling TTY/TDD 711.