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YouthBuild progam will be accepting applications in October

YouthBuild progam will be accepting applications in October

YAKIMA Wash.-- A program that helps young people without a high school diploma gain work skills will be accepting applications.

The YouthBuild program helps people get their G.E.D and gain construction skills and experience.

They will also be offering a program for nursing and medical assistant training which is new this year.

Esteban Jimenez has been part of the program for over six months now and he says he was able to finish school and learn skills to better his life and his families life.

“I was trying to provide to them to show them a better future,” said Jimenez.

Jimenez says he has not only created a better future for his family but he has also created connections with everybody in the program.

“I’ve basically built another family here,” said Jimenez.

The YouthBuild program is run by Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and the Northwest Community Action Center.

Last fall they were granted a $1 million grant for the program to run for two years, and now they are ready to start recruiting for the second cohort of this program.

Program Coordinator Bertha Gonzalez says she wants all of the people in the program to have a life changing experience.

“My goal is to have these participants gain skills to obtain a job because sometimes education is not always for everybody so they’re going to come into our program and get certifications that they can get a job in,” said Gonzalez.

After they are done with the program they help participants with their resumes, gain interviewing skills and connect them to jobs they are interested in.

Recently they had two of their participants get referred to Union jobs.

The YouthBuild program is recruiting young adults ages 16 to 24 in the Mid and Lower Valley.

They will start accepting applications in October.

For more information on the qualifications and how to apply click here.

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