Late last week, YouthBuild USA’s Rural and Native Initiative brought together 21 young people from YouthBuild programs in rural parts of the United States for the National Rural Youth Gathering in Arlington, Virginia.
Seventy YouthBuild students from Arizona, Mexico and El Salvador met in San Luis today for the program’s first transnational event. YouthBuild students and graduates joined together to build walls for two green homes that will be owned by low-income families.
At the end of 2015, Congress enacted and the President signed an $84.5 million appropriation for the DOL YouthBuild program for Fiscal Year 2016. In doing so, Congress was responding positively to the efforts by YouthBuild’s champions in Congress -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in the Senate, and in House of Representatives Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and Congressman Bob Dold (R-IL).
This year marked the 50th anniversary of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) and a year-long celebration of the national service program’s powerful impact on communities across the country. Over the last 50 years VISTA has placed passionate and innovative volunteers at nonprofits in urban and rural communities with the goal of advancing solutions to end poverty.