Youthbuild

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Introduction The purpose of this program evaluation is to examine the importance of carrying forward or ending the YouthBuild program in Cordele, Georgia. I want to establish whether or not this program should continue to be funded. The mission of YouthBuild is to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of low-income youth to rebuild their communities and their lives. YouthBuild seeks to join with others to help build a movement toward a more just society in which respect, love, responsibility, and cooperation are the dominant unifying values, and sufficient opportunities are available for all people in all communities to fulfill their own potential and contribute to the well-being of others. In local YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16–24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable houses for homeless and low-income people and participating in leadership development activities in their communities. Many YouthBuild participants are also learning “green” building techniques, assisting with retrofitting existing homes, and discovering how to help make their communities sustainable and environmentally friendly (Cordele Dispatch, 2011). According to the program manager, Overstreet, (Personal Communication, August 29, 2012), the Cordele YouthBuild program was established in 2004 and was transferred by Congress from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2006. The federal YouthBuild program is authorized under the Workforce Investment Act, managed by the US Department of Labor (DOL), and funded through annual appropriations determined by Congress. The Cordele YouthBuild program, just like other YouthBuild programs, is responsible for securing its own funding. They apply competitively for grants from DOL. Organizations chosen…...

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