Centralia SINA Members Learn About YouthBuild

August 10, 2018

On July 26 Southern Illinois Networking Association met at the Centralia Recreation Complex. Michelle Moreno, chief operating officer of SPERO, introduced the speaker, Cheryl Young, who is with Spero’s Youth Build program.

Youth Build of Jefferson and Marion  Counties is a free program for low-income, young adults between the age of 17 and 24 years old who are in need of a High School Equivalency certificate (HSD/GED). The program also provides certification in OSHA 10, Fork Lift Training, First Aid/CPR and Food Handler.

The program assists students with work readiness and life skills. Each Youth Build cohort (session) is six months in duration and transportation is provided. Case managers provide support and work with the participant to find employment or apply for post secondary schooling.

What participants gain from Youth Build are education, job training, leadership development, and counseling.

Participants will prepare for their GED, vocational school and/or college education.

They will develop sound work habits, decision-making skills, and time management skills as well as preparation in career pathways and planning, and for job interviews.

Students will learn to advocate for issues that concern them and their community.

Counseling and referrals are offered to address issues such as childcare, transportation and substance abuse. Group and individual counseling are also incorporated in the Youth Build curriculum.

Youth Build of Jefferson and Marion Counties is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and is a program of SPERO Family Services. They are now enrolling students in the program for September, 2018. The application deadline is August 13, 2018.

For more information call 618-242-6723 in Mt. Vernon or 618-533-5288 in Centralia.