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Petoskey YouthBuild Program Recognizes its First Graduating Class

Nine young adults will receive certificates of completion when the Petoskey YouthBuild program holds a ceremony to recognize its first graduating class June 29, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.

Along with certificates of completion, each of the Petoskey YouthBuild students will receive a nationally recognized construction certification and OSHA safety certification. The students have also completed a total of more than 500 hours of civic service.

YouthBuild is a national construction training and education program for low-income youth. It gives young adults without high school diplomas the opportunity to earn their GED, and students who already have their diplomas can improve their math and literacy skills. All the students learn entry-level construction, work readiness, and leadership skills. Hands-on construction training takes place while building affordable housing within the community.

YouthBuild Northwest operates programs in Petoskey and Cadillac. The program is administered and partially funded by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, in partnership with Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and Northwest Michigan WORKS!

For more information about YouthBuild Northwest go to:

Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.
- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission