Are you ready to rebuild your life and your community? Do you know someone else who is?
Become Part of YouthBuild Spokane
Applications are currently available
-Applicants are required to attend an information session
-Applicants are required to attend mandatory interview days/mental toughness
YouthBuild helps pay for certifications to help students transition to employment
-Food handlers permit
-Fork lift certification
-Certified Nursing Assistant Program
Join YouthBuild Spokane
AmeriCorps Office (509)535-1613
NEW ESD101 Riverside Campus
2424 E Riverside Ave
Applicants must be
-18 to 24 years old by program start date
Meet the YouthBuild Staff
Mark Altmar is new to YouthBuild, but not to NEWESD 101. He has worked with the Spokane Service Team AmeriCorps program for the past nine years. Mark graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. He has been in the field of education most of his adult life. He taught at the Center for Academic Skill Enhancement while attending UCSB, where he worked with minority students. Eleven years later, he moved to Palm Springs, California with his wife, where he taught computer literacy and math classes at Saint Theresa School. He was also the technology coordinator and IT source for the school.
“I am very excited when I see our participants help themselves and others through service. Whether college graduates or high school drop-outs, all can learn, develop and grow by helping those in the community.”-Mark Altmar
Tamara Conger has served as the program assistant for both YouthBuild and AmeriCorps programs since 2011. She brings a wealth of experience with previous work at West Valley School District, Cataldo Catholic Schools and Gonzaga University. She is the first point of contact for students and partners and creates a climate of kindness and professionalism. She serves as a role model for students and is currently enrolled in night classes to finish her degree.
“What I like best about my job is supporting a program that gives people a chance to turn their lives around. Our members are supported and encouraged along each step of the way. Having worked in high schools, both traditional and alternative, I know that not every student thrives or finds their success in traditional school settings and that there are an abundance of life events that affect and have an impact on that journey as well. It is wonderful to be a part of a program that offers another alternative for education and career skills and opportunities.” – Tamara Conger
Mandy Edwards serves as the program manager for YouthBuild and the Spokane Service Team. She received a BA in Education and certification in elementary education and 4-12 English from EWU. She was one of the first graduates of the Leadership Forum for National Service Executives at the University of Washington. Mandy has sixteen years of experience managing AmeriCorps programs. She started her career in national service in 1997 managing the Tonasket Literacy Corps and wrote and managed the 21st Century after school program with the Tonasket School District. She moved to Spokane in 2003 and supervised a Washington Reading Corps team before assuming her current role as program manager for the Spokane Service Team in 2006 and YouthBuild Spokane in 2009.
“It has been such a blessing to work in this field. Each year I learn and gain inspiration from the AmeriCorps and YouthBuild members in our program. Together, we are making a difference in Spokane.” – Mandy Edwards
Corey Fitch came to YouthBuild in 2010 to help pass down skills in the trades to the YouthBuild members. He started in the trade in 1992 working on Custom houses, which lead him to Spokane Home Builders Apprenticeship Program. He graduated the SHBA in 2000. Two years later the SHBA asked him to come back to the program and teach for them, where to this day he is still an instructor.
Corey has worked on all kinds of custom houses in the inland NorthWest also built a custom condo building in downtown Spokane. When Steve Thosath retired to go sailing around the world Corey had an opportunity to work for NEWESD 101, where he is able to use his knowledge in building, instructing, and parenting.
Corey helps members to further their skills in construction with his knowledge and contacts in apprenticeships. He also teaches the PACT program to members. Where they get training in safety, construction math, tool safety, interview and resume skills, and painting skills. He has had 58 members finish their PACT in the three year he has been with NEWESD101. He also is an OSHA 10 instructor so our students are able to get their OSHA 10 cards. In Corey has been a great role model and influence for our students.
“NEWESD 101 has been a wonderful place to work, letting me set the bar high for the members to change their lives and break the cycle of challenges so that they and their family’s to come can have a more enriched life. I saw a quote that said don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there is foot prints on the moon. I think this is so true.”- Corey Fitch
Sean Thayer is the newest YouthBuild staff member joining the team in October, 2013 as the case manager. He has a BA in Sociology from Western Washington University and many years of experience in case management. Most recently, he served as Reach Case Manager and a member of the King Count Drug Diversion Court Team. He assisted Drug Court participants with obtaining resources in an effort to meet some of their basic needs and to assist them with their educational and employment goals, all while they worked to graduate from the King County Drug Diversion Court program. Prior to that, Sean was first a Case Manager and then a Career Coordinator at YouthCare’s Orion Center, in Seattle, which serves Seattle’s homeless/at-risk youth population. He assisted youth with obtaining resources related to their basic needs and also assisted them as they worked towards their employment and/or educational goals.
“Having recently returned to my hometown of Spokane, I feel that it is a privilege to be able to serve Spokane’s youth. To be a witness to the improvements they have made in their lives and to see them achieve goals they made for themselves, is truly a gift. I strive to be a positive influence in the lives of youth we serve during their time in the program and after they graduate. I am excited to be here and to join a strong, established YouthBuild team. I look forward to the possibilities this position and this program brings, both for my career development and for the youth that YouthBuild serves. – Sean Thayer
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