YOUTHBUILD-LAKELAND is a six-month program developed to help young adults, 16 to 24 years of age, complete the necessary steps to obtain their GED or high school diploma and prepare for gainful, entry-level employment. Participants receive classroom instruction to prepare for the GED exam, hands-on assistance in completing studies for their high school diploma, opportunities to obtain certifications in Forklift, OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR, and PACT (a nationally recognized carpentry training program) and/or Nursing Assistant training. In addition, participants work on an actual construction work-site where they receive hands-on training in construction and learn to build affordable housing for low-income families. There is also a strong emphasis and training placed on career, personal, and leadership development.
To assist them financially, participants receive a bi-weekly stipend while studying to obtain their GED, earning valuable credentials, and learning life-changing job readiness, work ethics, and life skills. Also, there are scholarships that can be earned to assist with post-secondary education, as well as some assistance with transportation. And the cost of the aforementioned to the participant – $$$ZERO$$$.