Rebuilding Neighborhoods | In the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, Urban Homeworks focuses the combined resources of individuals, churches, businesses, government entities and other nonprofits to transform foreclosed, condemned or boarded properties into dignified, quality places to live.
“Victor was always professional with the homeowners and the speed and skill he brought to the crew was incomparable.”
As a participant in the 2015 Tree Trust YouthBuild program, Victor completed employment training, finished school, and learned construction skills while rehabbing homes. Victor worked on a Green Homes North project and showed a strong aptitude for construction work, even earning his Home Builders Institute Certificate while in YouthBuild. A quick learner, reliable and the first person the trainer turned to for teaching other crew members,
Victor impressed his construction trainer with his skill, initiative and drive to get things done. His time at Tree Trust YouthBuild is enabling him to explore a career in trades, and he anticipates turning his skills learned through YouthBuild’s partnership with UHW into a successful career after he graduates from Minnesota Transitions Charter School.
Victor, and so many others at different stages of the trainee continuum, could have taken drastic turns with their lives. Today, too many of our incredibly talented youth are being faced with difficult decisions and options that compromise their potential to innovate and build a better community. But, armed with training opportunities, they are becoming the Victors, the Brandons, the UC2 crew members we see thriving today. They aren’t just building green homes or door frames, they are building their futures.
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