YouthBuild USA and Saint-Gobain Announce Expansion of Partnership
YouthBuild USA founder Dorothy Stoneman is set to speak during a Saint-Gobain press conference in Philadelphia today on the heels of an exciting announcement from the two organizations.
Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials companies, announces today the next phase of its partnership with YouthBuild USA, Inc. will be an expansion internationally to support the creation of a YouthBuild school in South Africa and an extension of its current national partnership via a three-year, $600,000 grant. The latter will continue to support YouthBuild USA’s Green Initiative Program, a sustainable building and job training program for disadvantaged youth, as well as YouthBuild programs in four communities where Saint-Gobain has business concentrations, including: Philadelphia, Pa., Worcester, Mass., Schenectady, N.Y., and Canton, Ohio.
“Due to the success of the Saint-Gobain-YouthBuild partnership in educating future generations and preparing them for sustainable careers in the green building industry and other high-demand careers, we have our sights set on replicating our U.S. partnership in South Africa,” said Dorothy Stoneman, Founder of YouthBuild USA, Inc. “In YouthBuild’s 37-year history, we’ve never had a partner like Saint-Gobain that not only shares our passion for green building and our students’ education and career development, but that also has donated energy-efficient building products and provided technical expertise. The impact the partnership has had on transforming the lives of YouthBuild students is immeasurable, and we cannot wait to take our partnership to the next level.”
In South Africa, Saint-Gobain operates an accredited training program that prepares disadvantaged youth for work in the construction industry. Leveraging this existing training program, Saint-Gobain and YouthBuild International, a division of YouthBuild USA, Inc., will work together to open a YouthBuild school in Samrand, South Africa, (approximately 20 minutes from Johannesburg). Saint-Gobain will provide a training facility, trainers and building materials to support the South African initiative. Students will receive in-classroom and hands-on training through community improvement projects where students will get the opportunity to work alongside Saint-Gobain building scientists who will showcase sustainable building techniques and products. Initially, the program will serve 50 disadvantaged youth.