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Compton YouthBuild founders visit Washington, D.C.; advocate for students

Compton YouthBuild delivers workforce, leadership and educational opportunities for under-resourced and economically disadvantaged young people

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John Valverde, CEO YouthBuild USA; Jahrell Thomas, Kim Hughes, Sara Silva, and Mark Wilson. Photo courtesy of Compton YouthBuild.

Kim Hughes and Sara Silva of Compton YouthBuild meet with Senators Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris; U.S. Reps Lucille Roybal-Allard, Linda Sanchez

WASHINGTON, D.C. —- Kim Hughes and Sara Silva, executive directors of EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services and the Compton YouthBuild (CYB) program, traveled to Washington, D.C. on May 22 to advocate for YouthBuild’s critical legislative priorities.

Hughes and Silva visited the offices of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and U.S. Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles (40th Dist.); and Linda Sanchez, D-Los Angeles (38th Dist.), to encourage their support for federal funding that will allow YouthBuild to further help thousands of low-income youth rebuild their communities and their lives.

“We, in the YouthBuild movement, are grateful for the bipartisan support we have received in Washington, D.C.,” said Silva. “YouthBuild is a cost-effective evidence-based program providing critical services to our most vulnerable youth. Thank you for supporting our young people,”

According to John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA, YouthBuild directors are able to see firsthand the needs of young people. “They work every day to empower our youth to become ethical young leaders,” he said. “We encourage Congress to continue their strong record of supporting young people who are working towards improving their lives and their communities.”

Compton YouthBuild is one of 260 local programs across the country serving low-income young people age 16-24. This year, YouthBuild USA is celebrating 40 years of work advancing its mission to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of young people to transform their lives and their communities. At programs like Compton YouthBuild, unemployed and out-of-school youth work toward their high school diploma or equivalency, while learning career skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods and engaging in community service and leadership training.

Compton YouthBuild delivers workforce, leadership and educational opportunities for under-resourced and economically disadvantaged young people from Compton, South Los Angeles, and surrounding communities. Our wraparound services include programs, resources, and guidance, and are provided free of charge. The current career pathways of focus are the construction trades, hospitality and culinary arts, and information technology with an emphasis in logistics.

CYB opened its doors in 2013 to provide culturally relevant rigorous instruction within the scope of leadership development and self-sufficiency. Our students are among the most under-served in American society. The vision for students is that they set and achieve their personal and professional goals, including the completion of the secondary education program and subsequent post-secondary courses.

Having overcome personal challenges and barriers, graduates of the program develop a holistic understanding about themselves and their life goals, of what they want to learn, how to go about learning, and how to apply this learning to their daily lives. As a result, students often become passionate about contributing towards making the world a better place for their families and communities.

Graduates leave prepared for success in postsecondary education, careers, and registered apprenticeships, and as a part of a strong and supportive community.

For more info about Compton YouthBuild, visit the website.


About YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild is celebrating 40 years of work advancing its mission to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of young people to transform their lives and rebuild their communities. YouthBuild USA is the global non-profit support center for 360 local YouthBuild programs operating in 23 countries, with 260 programs in 44 U.S. states and 100 programs in 22 other countries. Proven effective by the most rigorous program evaluation research, YouthBuild’s comprehensive model gives graduates the confidence and tools they need to become strong, responsible, and ethical young leaders.

Compton Herald is a digital news publication providing clear, fair and current news, information and commentary about Compton and the Los Angeles metropolitan area of California, and the world.

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