High school dropouts urged to apply for SA Youth's YouthBuild Program to complete their education

Submitted by Rudy Arispe on February 26, 2014 - 9:27am

SA Youth is accepting applications for high school dropouts, ages 16 to 24, who are interested in enrolling in its YouthBuild program, which offers young adults an opportunity to receive their high school diploma or GED while acquiring workforce training and certification in construction or culinary arts.

Young adults who participate in the free program at SA Youth’s Mission Verde Center, 1700 Tampico, attend academic classes for 20 hours per week and also participate in construction or culinary arts training for 20 hours per week.

“Over the years, hundreds of young adults have successfully completed our program by graduating with their GED or high school diploma and have gone on to find jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families,” said Cynthia Le Monds, chief executive officer of SA Youth.

Members who choose to receive certification in construction help build energy-efficient homes for low-income, first-time homebuyers as part of their training, among working on other construction projects. For those who prefer to get certified in culinary arts, they will receive a Job Readiness Certification from SA Youth verifying their culinary instruction and job readiness training hours.

To enroll, call YouthBuild program director Joshua Maratea at (210) 223-3131 Ext. 219 or josh@sanantonioyouth.org.