The YouthBuild Program offers low-income young men and women, ages 18-24, hands-on home construction training, education and leadership skills/life skills while they work toward their GED or high school diploma. YouthBuilders acquire job skills for a future in the construction trade through rehabilitating and/or constructing affordable housing for other low-income families in the community.
YouthBuilders are in the full-time program for 9 to 12 months, dividing their time between the construction site(s) and educational classes where they are preparing to obtain their GED and developing leadership skills/life skills. The curriculum integrates academics with life skills, building sound work habits as well as teaching decision-making and time-management skills. YouthBuilders develop career plans and prepare for job interviews. At the job site, YouthBuilders receive training from qualified construction instructors.
YouthBuild trainees are currently working at 887 Garfield Ave. learning green building skills while renovating the home and making it energy efficient. The YouthBuild Program is working in conjunction with LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
YouthBuilders are striving to obtain a Platinum Certification. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The certification is based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Project Checklist. LEED provides concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance. YouthBuild will work with a LEED AP and Green Rater who will conduct the two mandatory LEED for Homes site inspections; the Thermal Bypass Inspection and the Final Inspection. LEED certification is obtained after submitting an application documenting compliance with the requirements of the rating system as well as paying registration and certification fees. In order to establish a building's point awards in each credit category, buildings applying for certification are compared with a theoretical baseline building defined by a LEED methodology or the more stringent of either ASHRAE/ANSI/EISNA codes or local codes. Certification is granted solely by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), which is responsible for the third party verification of project compliance with LEED requirements.
This will be the first LEED home for YouthBuild and is made possible with funding from Saint-Gobain and local community support. The home will also be the first LEED home for Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority benefiting a low-income family through lower energy bills. After completing 887 Garfield Ave., YouthBuild will continue providing green building training to ASCA YouthBuild trainees while providing energy efficient LEED homes for residents of Summit County.
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Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. (ASCA) has established twenty- four partnerships in the community, leveraging additional support, new experiences and networking opportunities to the YouthBuild Program. The partnerships include Akron Public Schools, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Akron Summit Community Action Inc. Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), City of Akron, The Crasi Company, Cleveland Housing Network, East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp, Goodwill Industries of Akron, Henry and Laura Huth Foundation, Home Builders Association, Learn About Green, Mustard Seed Development Center, Nazareth Housing Development Corp., New Leaf Home Design, Planning Rehabilitation in America's Communities Inc. ( P.R.A.C.), Project Learn of Summit County, The Ruhlin Company, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Summit County Department of Job and Family services, Testa Companies, Tri-County J.O.G., University of Akron Continuing Education, Welty Building Company LTD and the YMCA.
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YouthBuild Program Improves Houses and Lives
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