RENO, NV - The Children’s Cabinet, a Nevada nonprofit organization, is proud to announce Washoe YouthBuild. That's a new academic and occupational training program for at-risk youth, which will be funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Washoe YouthBuild project will provide 60 young adults between 16 and 24 years old with education and training in the construction industry as well as assistance in obtaining their diploma or GED. The project will culminate in the grand opening of a youth housing facility.
Washoe YouthBuild will begin October 14 with participants working on site to rehabilitate a building on Galletti Way in Sparks to provide affordable housing solutions for 20 youth in our community. The Children’s Cabinet anticipates this facility opening its doors to 20 teens in need in the fall of 2015.
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $72 million in YouthBuild grants to 68 programs across 33 states. The Children’s Cabinet received $1,079,584. Grants range from $600,000 to $1.1 million to fund YouthBuild programs.
“This is an exciting investment in community and our state,” says Kathleen Sandoval, Director of Operations for The Children’s Cabinet. “It shows confidence in our local industry, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Best of all, our youth will benefit greatly and have extraordinary opportunities to earn a diploma, develop marketable skills, enter the workforce, and begin a career. The final product will be a valuable asset to the northern Nevada community, providing a home for youth who need affordable housing and stability the most.”
The Children’s Cabinet’s leading partners in the Washoe YouthBuild project are Associated Builders and Contractors, Truckee Meadows Community College, and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Youth participants will be referred to The Children’s Cabinet by Washoe County Social Services, Washoe County Juvenile Services, and Washoe County School District. Youth interested in participating in the project can contact Jeremy Stocking at 775-348-6756.
The Children's Cabinet exists to keep children safe and families together by offering services and resources that address unmet needs through a unique and effective cooperative effort between the private sector and public agencies in northern Nevada. In the past year, The Children's Cabinet has been able to help more than 12,500 families. The Children’s Cabinet’s work extends past the immediate needs of youth and families to promote happy, healthy families. Its services include providing food and shelter, crisis intervention and case management, academic support, tutoring, job training and transitional living, parenting classes and family counseling.