YouthBuild To Offer Gun Violence Intervention To Their Program

Currently VOACC's YouthBuild program, in cooperation with the city of Newport News, VA. and The Department of Labor helps young people acquire the skills they need to obtain a great job and keep it.

YouthBuild participants earn money while they get valuable hands-on experience building quality houses. They gain work-based education including vocational and basic academic skills training that leads to industry-recognized credentials, employment placement, or apprenticeships, and prepare them for post-secondary education programs. The program lasts six months with follow-up supportive services for the period of one year.

On August 9th, the City of Newport News in an attempt to address gun violence, funded 19 community-based organizations a total investment of $1,786,551 to being to make a change in their community.

"We are investing in strategies that interrupt the cycle of violence amongst individuals at the highest risk for perpetrating or being a victim of gun violence. Through the Gun Violence Intervention Program, we are supporting innovative and technology-based prevention, intervention, enforcement, and re-entry strategies. The community-based programs we are helping launch and expand bring nonprofit organizations, businesses, groups, residents, law enforcement agencies, and countless others together to create transformational and sustainable change.”
-  McKinley L. Price, Newport News Mayor

Calling our program Peacemakers, our YouthBuild program was awarded over $79,000 which will allow YouthBuild to add gun violence intervention to our current curriculum.

"We must do our best to be a conduit of hope, trust, and resolve for our Youth. The success of tomorrow starts with the activities of today. We can have the option of hope, effort, with the possibility of failure or not hope, provide no effort, and achieve failure" - Dan Carrera, YouthBuild Program Director