ReSOURCE YouthBuild receives $900K from US Labor Dept

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ReSOURCE YouthBuild receives $900K from US Labor Dept

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 4:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Labor has awarded a $900,000 grant to ReSOURCE YouthBuild as part of an $85 million national grants award to YouthBuild programs in 32 states. ReSOURCE offers the only YouthBuild programs in the state of Vermont. ReSOURCE YouthBuild students, ages 16-24, have the opportunity to graduate with their high school diploma, learn construction skills, and earn construction certificates in OSHA10 and NCCER. 

The Burlington and Barre YouthBuild program students are also co-enrolled as AmeriCorps members and are required to complete 675 hours of direct community service. They complete their service hours through affordable housing construction, weatherization, and disaster response services and through the weekly, student-led, direct service projects for community organizations and individuals in need.

YouthBuild USA is a national education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations, and undergo training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities. The organization has built a robust network of 260 urban and rural YouthBuild programs in 44 states.

For information about ReSOURCE YouthBuild, call the YouthBuild Program Manager at 802.276.5089 or email

ReSOURCE: A Nonprofit Community Enterprise
Over the last 26 years, ReSOURCE has grown from a small reuse shop, selling furniture and appliances, to a multi-faceted organization that creates a marketplace for reuse with proceeds helping to fund workforce development, poverty relief, and environmental stewardship. ReSOURCE currently trains 275 people on average each year by using its stores in Burlington, Hyde Park, Barre, and Williston to provide job and life skills training to displaced individuals and at-risk youth, while preventing more than 1,000 tons of material from ending up in the landfill annually. The nonprofit’s Essential Goods poverty relief program has awarded over $1.6 Million worth of goods to more than 14,000 low-income Vermonters.