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YouthBuild Honolulu, an educational and job-training program of the City’s Department of Community Services, Youths Services Center, was recently honored with 3 awards from the YouthBuild USA Affiliated Network.


“We’re very pleased to be recognized for the important services we provide for Oahu’s disadvantaged youth,” Mayor Hannemann said. “We’re very committed to helping young people enter the workforce and achieve their goals.”


The award categories were:


·       Best Attendance” (Honolulu was the only awardee in this category this year, and also received the award last year);

·       Best Completion/Retention” (Honolulu was 1 of 4 awardees, and also received this award last year);

·       Best GED/High School Diploma Completers” (Honolulu was the only awardee this year).


YouthBuild Honolulu serves young people ages 16 to 24, who have not graduated from high school and whose income does not exceed 70 percent of the Lower Living Standard Income Level set by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Program training activities include a high school diploma course; hands-on and vocational construction training; community service projects; job readiness training; and job and post-secondary education placement.


There are 167 YouthBuild Programs nationwide, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Affiliates are held to high levels of performance in areas such as monthly attendance, completion and/or retention of enrollees, and GED/high school diploma attainment. Affiliates are monitored monthly to ensure performance.




Contact: Leinala Nakamura, 286-5315