Davis Announces $1.5M YouthBuild Grant to Housing Authority of Champaign County
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $1,500,000 grant to the Housing Authority of Champaign County to establish a new YouthBuild program, in Champaign, Illinois.
Details on YouthBuild
YouthBuild is an 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.
"YouthBuild currently has programs in Macon, Madison, and McLean counties in my district. It provides great opportunities for students through its unique curriculum and this grant will help bring those same opportunities to Champaign-area youth," said Davis. "YouthBuild helps at-risk kids learn valuable construction, IT, or CNA skills they can use to find meaningful employment as well as get their G.E.D. It not only helps them in the classroom, but it also provides support services to make sure these kids have a smooth transition into future jobs. I am proud to support YouthBuild and I look forward to seeing these young people succeed in the workforce."
“The Housing Authority of Champaign County is excited about the opportunity to serve the youth in our community,” said HACC CEO David A. Northern Sr. “On September 18, 2018, HACC held a meeting with various community partners to discuss the common dream of developing a YouthBuild program in collaboration with the over $100 Million Dollars in development that HACC has undertaken. The current state of graduation rates, educational performance, and violent crimes among teenagers in our community positions the YouthBuild program to be a lifesaving opportunity for so many. It is our hope that this grant will provide youth with the opportunity to reclaim their education, gain skills they need for employment and become leaders in their communities. We would like to thank congressman Davis as well as the other partners who have contributed to making this dream a reality and allow us to #BuildABetterChampaignCounty.”
In 2019, Davis wrote a letter in support of U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild Program funding for Fiscal Year 2020 to the House Committee on Appropriations. You can read the letter here.