YouthBuild Students Join Forces with Prudential for Service Project
YouthBuild students from across the country joined volunteers from Prudential Financial, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ. on September 22 to refurbish transitional homes for local veterans.
More than 40 YouthBuild students from Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, and New Jersey, including 30 from Portable Practical Educational Preparation (PPEP) in Yuma and Pima Counties, and 120 volunteers from PGIM Real Estate (the global real estate investment management business of Prudential) replaced floors and paint in 20 apartment units and common areas at U.S. VETS Grand Veterans Village, which provides transitional housing programs and permanent housing options to over 130 formerly homeless veterans.
“We are proud to work alongside YouthBuild students and to support their growth and development as young leaders, ” said Kevin R. Smith, head of Americas at PGIM Real Estate. “This day of service is just one example of our shared commitment to developing communities in our own backyards and around the world.”
The event provided opportunities for YouthBuild students to network and share their stories with employees of Prudential and their partners. In addition to a small group, networking session during the service day, on September 21, some YouthBuild students attended the PGIM Partners Conference and participated in a presentation highlighting the YouthBuild – PGIM domestic partnership centered on identifying livelihood opportunities for YouthBuild graduates in the PGIM partner network - that has blossomed over the past year since its inception.
The two day event builds on the 15-year relationship between Prudential, a global financial services leader, and YouthBuild USA. Prudential has provided over $9.5 million in financial support since 2001 and last year, announced a $2.75 million investment to support the expansion of the YouthBuild program, and to facilitate Prudential employees volunteering alongside YouthBuild students across the country.