YouthBuild partners with Bogalusa Rebirth for job skills training

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, August 2, 2022

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Bogalusa Rebirth is developing housing for working families in Bogalusa and is proud to partner with the YouthBuild program since 2019 to give students in the Northshore Technical Community College initiative the opportunity to learn about construction of housing, community involvement, and leadership.
Four students from the program — Jonathan Collins, Landry Forbes, Zack Ladner and Xavier Jordan — were able to shadow Nobles Construction Manager Brian Heyl and Bogalusa Rebirth staff members to learn more about the multiple phases of construction from start to finish.

“It is an honor to provide this invaluable mentoring and job skills training opportunity to young students who can be encouraged early on to choose a vocation, basic safety skills and get focused on a trade they can use to accelerate their careers,” said Wendy Williams Dupont, executive director of Bogalusa Rebirth. “A special thanks to Executive Director Danielle Keys and Michael O’Ree with YouthBuild for this continuing partnership.”

The YouthBuild program accepts Washington Parish students 16-24 years. Students must be drug free to remain in the program. Students take exanimations on reading, math and language. The education program prepares students for successful enrollment and completion at a post-secondary institution.