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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Tours Progress at YouthBuild Rochester Construction Site

August 24, 2017
Press Release
Urban League Initiative Helps At-Risk Young Adults Gain Schooling, Employment

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today toured ongoing progress at a home construction site for the Urban League of Rochester’s YouthBuild program, a nationwide initiative that provides pathways for at-risk young adults to successfully transition from school to the workforce while rebuilding their communities. YouthBuild students have spent over a year building a single-family home in the JOSANA neighborhood, a low-income housing community in Stadium Estates. Since 2013, Slaughter has helped secure $2.2 million for Rochester Urban League.

“I am pleased to join Urban League of Rochester’s William Clark and other community partners today to tour the great strides YouthBuild Rochester has made in rebuilding our neighborhoods. If we want to create opportunities for at-risk youth, we have to invest in them and that’s exactly what YouthBuild does. This tremendous program provides pathways for at-risk youth to gain the skills training they need to succeed later on in life. I have been a proud supporter of YouthBuild for many years and am so impressed by the work they’re doing to help our community,” said Slaughter.

“I want to thank Congresswoman Slaughter for her continued support of the Urban League of Rochester and all its programs,” said William G. Clark, President and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester. “Every year, YouthBuild Rochester helps countless young people across our community gain the training and the skills they need to succeed in their careers and in life. This is in no small part because of the Congresswoman’s continued leadership on this issue.”

YouthBuild Rochester serves disadvantaged and at-risk young adults aged 18 to 24. Using a dual program model that combines academic instruction and occupational skills training, participants work toward the completion of a high school diploma or GED and earn industry-recognized credentials in high-demand construction trades while gaining hands-on experience in the construction industry.

Rochester Cornerstone Group and Atlas Contractors are two companies that work closely with YouthBuild. The companies purchased a lot from the City of Rochester as part of the Stadium Estates project for the YouthBuild students to build a house from the ground up for a low-income family.

The Urban League of Rochester (ULR) was founded in 1965 as an affiliate of the National Urban League and has run the YouthBuild program since 1996. ULR is also an affiliate of the nationally recognized YouthBuild USA Network which provides support and a learning network for YouthBuild program staff across the country.