Spartanburg YouthBuild program reconstructs broken dreams - FOX Carolina 21

Spartanburg YouthBuild program reconstructs broken dreams

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Kyeria Ray, participant in YouthBuild, has a goal of becoming a nurse (FOX Carolina) Kyeria Ray, participant in YouthBuild, has a goal of becoming a nurse (FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Keyeria Ray was expelled from her high school, and since then, she has struggled to get back on track.

That is until a program by the Spartanburg Housing Authority came to her rescue. It's called YouthBuild, and it is transforming the lives of youth ages 16 to 24 who did not finish high school. 

"There comes a time in life you have to change," said Ray. She's aiming toward getting her GED, going to college, and pursuing a nursing degree. 

YouthBuild aims to help her and others like her to do that. The program helps dropouts by getting them ready for GED courses and teaching them aspects of a trade in building construction.  The group does community service, building Habitat for Humanity homes in Spartanburg. The goal is to stop students who are on the path to homelessness, and turn them around. 

"Lately, I've been doing resumes and cover letters and follow up letters," said Ray. "It helps you get that job after you have obtained your GED."

"YouthBuild is a program designed to help young adults reclaim their education," said case manager Eric Cheek. "They can work here and get a certificate for any construction trade."

"It's kind of like the youth are under construction themselves and they are building themselves up to be productive citizens," said Cheek. 

YouthBuild is a free program that, according to its mission statement, "provide(s) job and life training, construction skills, self-esteem and leadership skills for at-risk young people. To rebuild the neighborhoods we serve, by acquiring and renovating neglected housing, into secure and attractive homes for low to moderate income families in the Spartanburg community."

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