Kya traveled a long road before finding his seat in the YouthBuild classroom. Upon discovering that his father had kidney disease, Kya’s family decided to travel in a small RV, moving from trailer parks to campsites, in search of a medical cure. The struggles mounted when the RV became immobile and though no fault of his own, Kya found himself homeless. It was at this time that he made the decision to propel his life forward and further his education. When he learned about YouthBuild Long Island, he quickly applied – hopeful that this would be the path to help get his life together.
It was only in the first week of YouthBuild when he realized the impact that it would have on his life, “Mental Toughness week showed me what the program was all about. I learned that if I put in the work and effort, the staff and my classmates will always be there for me.” Now three months into the program, one of Kya’s goals is to earn his LEED
The national average of young adults between the ages of 18-24 who are unemployed is approximately 18%, in high-needs communities like Wyandanch that figure jumps to almost 28%. YouthBuild Long Island helps young people secure financial stability through education, hands-on job training skills and career placement, as well as leadership development.
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