Students Compete in the 17th Annual YouthBuild Carpentry Challlenge

Friday, May 29, 2015
YouthBuild student operating buzz saw

YouthBuild students from the New England area gathered in Methuen, Mass. for the 17th Annual YouthBuild Carpentry Challenge, a competition that put the students’ skills, knowledge, and efficiency to the test.

Event organizer April Lyskowsky explained the purpose of the event saying, “The carpentry challenge allows (students) to utilize the skills and the training they’re learning in the YouthBuild programs.”

Participants were presented with the challenge of working as a team to build a three wall structure in approximately three hours. In addition to satisfying building specifications such as height requirements and nailing schedules, teams also had to keep key safety standards in mind. Teams lost points for infractions like tippy ladders, protruding nails, and untucked clothing. 

Lyskowsky continued to describe the event by saying, “(The challenge) is also a way for young people to come together and build camaraderie and use their leaderships skills and to interact with one another in a positive way.”

A group of professionals in the fields of construction and engineering served as judges for the competition. The judges awarded each team with bronze, silver, and gold rankings based on their execution of the challenge at the end of the event. Gold rankings went to YouthBuild Lawrence and ReSOURCE YouthBuild.

Participants also took part in an AmeriCorps service project. Event goers had the opportunity to construct small flower boxes that went to Foster Kids of Merrimack Valley, Inc, a nonprofit that works to support foster youth in the Merrimack Valley area.

The event was organized by the Massachusetts YouthBuild Coalition and hosted by YouthBuild Lawrence. Home Depot sponsored the challenge.

Here are the teams who participated in the event:

  • YouthBuild Barre, VT
  • YouthBuild Burlington, VT
  • YouthBuild Lawrence
  • YouthBuild North Shore
  • YouthBuild Springfield
  • YouthBuild USA

Check out our video coverage of the event: