MAXTON — The Lumber River Council of Governments, in coordination with the Lumber River Workforce Development Board, has been awarded $1.1 million for a YouthBuild grant that will support academic and occupation skills training for up to 70 at-risk youth in Maxton and the Scotland County township of Stewartsville.
The local initiative, called Project GreenBuild, will provide students with academic instruction, construction training, job site experience and leadership development. All participants, while pursuing their high school diploma or GED, will be exposed to the principles of building science, energy efficient construction and the concept of the home functioning as a system, according to a statement by the council.
“This opportunity is a direct result of strong partners, each with their own rich history of serving youth, and the unparalleled service that Lumber River Workforce Development has delivered to this region for decades through other similar state and federal programs,” said Robert Macy, the Green Construction Project Coordinator for the council.
In addition to residing in either Maxton or Stewartsville townships, eligible candidates must be between 16 and 24 years of age, a high school dropout, and have been involved in the courts or foster care, or be a child of an imprisoned parent or a member of a poor family. All candidates must complete a two-week “Mental Toughness” program and be interviewed and selected by a panel prior to enrollment.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently said it will fund 68 YouthBuild programs in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The programs will help nearly 4,600 young people obtain the certifications and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
For information about the grant, call the Lumber River Council of Governments at 910-618-5533.