December 13, 2010-Construction Training

Brand New Day, a community development organization that builds apartments in Elizabeth, has found a way to get young people off the streets and focused on careers. According to an article in the Star-Ledger, the group’s YouthBuild program, targeting 16 to 24-year-old Union County residents, pays young people $25 a day to attend classes and take high school equivalency exams. The YouthBuild students also learn the construction trade and life skills like job interviewing. Eventually, they will build housing for Brand New Day, which also works in Irvington and East Orange, and take a national certification test for construction to help them in their careers. For more information, read up on YouthBuild Newark, which awarded Brand New Day money for its program, at