By Anthony Clark
Business editor, The Gainesville Sun
With a week to go, the Alachua YouthBuild program still has openings in a 10-month program that provides job skills and placement services, weekly pay and a car for high school dropouts ages 16 to 24.
“It’s a program that, if someone’s kind of in a rut or having a difficult time, it can really turn your life around,” said Jonathan Leslie, the executive director of the Florida Institute for Workforce Innovation.
The institute received a $1 million federal grant to train 32 youths. As of Thursday, 22 had registered for orientation, which will begin on Oct. 19.
Participants will learn construction and receive employability training while receiving a weekly stipend.
“We use carpentry and construction as a conduit to teach other life skills people need to go on to other post-secondary education, to get a job or opt into the military or some other career track,” Leslie said.
After completing the program, graduates have a choice of receiving a car from The Dignity Project or $1,500.
The institute will take applications through Oct. 16. Call 352-244-5137.
There are no upcoming events.