YouthBuild Program Now Accepting Applications
Program Helps High School Drop Outs Between 17 and 24 to Get High School Equivalency Diploma and Job Skills
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The YouthBuild program of Marion and Jefferson Counties is currently taking applications for youth between the ages of 17 and 24 years old in need of their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma. Applications can be submitted from now until March 31st. Mental Toughness, two weeks focused on responsibility and goal setting, will begin April 2nd –April 13th.

“This program is for any young adult who is in need of their HSE or GED. We will work with these individuals for nine months to help them study for their test and teach them work skills, so they can provide for themselves and their families,” says Ryan Alton, YouthBuild Program Manager.

YouthBuild is a program of Spero Family Services, and is federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This program helps young adults in our own community, living in a lower-income household and without a high school education, be able to earn a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, learn valuable work skills, and place them in jobs to earn money.

“It is a great program for young people. Two days each week is spent in HSE or GED classes. Two days are spent in a work study program, either in construction training or certified nurse assistant training. Fridays are a half day of service projects designed to increase community involvement, build teamwork, and leadership development,” adds Mr. Alton.

This is a free program. Anyone interested should apply online at www.sperofs.org/youthbuild. For more information, please call 242-6723 ext. 234 for Jefferson County, and 618-533-5288 in Marion County. Find us on Facebook too: This is a link to www.facebook.com/speroyouthbuild

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