A new program in Cleveland shows promise for bringing new blood in the construction trades, and could be a template for Minnesota. This article highlights Building Great Futures, a collaborative effort between Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and Cuyahoga County. This excerpt gives an overview of what they’re achieving:
Teens in the two-year-old program get intensive instruction, including in a construction lab, where they practice skills before working on this house and another one in the Fairfax neighborhood. On the job site, they often receive one-on-one guidance from construction workers and skilled volunteers.
The teens are all students at local high schools, being given an opportunity to contribute to their community as well as develop skills that will last all of their lives.