YouthBuild engages low-income young adults ages 18-24, in earning a diploma or GED while gaining paid experience in construction. YouthBuild members serve their communities by building affordable housing and transforming their lives and roles in society.
“I love YouthBuild. I jump up at 5:00 every morning and hop on the bus to get here. I will be the first person in my family to get an education. I love the people and the staff. This is more than my second home – it is really my first home.” – Dwayne Tolbert, YouthBuild Pioneer
Call Christy Kunstmann or Kari Chapman at ESD101 Riverside Campus for an application at 535-1613
By Daniel Ramos, AmeriCorps Member
“Season of service”
These three words were spoken by Bill Clinton during his inauguration of AmeriCorps to describe his vision of a new era where community serves community, and serves well. The Spokane Service Team AmeriCorps has taken this idea and put it into action. It is the third year of our Season of Service, a month long of volunteering, where community minded families and individuals pair up with local non-profits to serve Spokane during the holiday season. The goal is to support and strengthen Spokane during one of its neediest times of the year, and assist in making that vital connection between the individual and the community.
Season of Service started out this year with an opening dinner on December 1st. Attendance included individuals and families from the community, AmeriCorps members, and representatives from local non-profits. After a great potluck meal, the representatives from each local non-profit gave a short presentation about how they support and serve the Spokane community and the volunteer opportunities they offer. After the dinner everyone, including the non-profit representatives themselves, were given some time to go around and visit with each other and to sign up for volunteering. The atmosphere of the event was light and open, and created a strong start for Season of Service. Continue reading