On the picture-perfect summer evening of June 23, 2016, 68 students from United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild and VetsBuild programs proudly graduated and took an important step toward advancing their lives. In the presence of family, friends, mentors and fellow classmates, these young people and veterans made the commitment to strive for success as they move on toward a future of self-reliance.
Together, the Class of 2015/2016 achieved massive success, earning certifications and diplomas including: Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) High School Equivalency Diploma, Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Composite Training, Weatherization & Green Training, Opportunities Long Island Apprenticeship Preparation and Gas Pro Training.
Since 2009, more than 300 students have graduated from United Way’s YouthBuild and VetsBuild Programs with one-third moving into construction jobs, one third into other careers and one-third pursuing higher education. We know that the graduates from this class will continue on this positive path and are destined for great things to come.
Check out photos of our graduates below, with additional photos available in our gallery.
Thank you to all of the funders of YouthBuild and VetsBuild for your support of these students:
Albanese Organization, Inc. • Allstate • AT&T • Bank of America Charitable Foundation • Byron T + Ruth D Miller Scholarship Fund • Capital One • Citi Community Development • Island Outreach Foundation • JP Morgan Chase Foundation • MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. • National Grid • New York State Department of Labor • New York State Department of State • New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance • Pritchard Charitable Trust • Prudential Insurance Company of America • Tri State Capital Bank • The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation • U. S. Department of Labor • Veronica B. Renken
As well as a special thank you to our Partners:
Advanced Control Systems • Anthony Sampson • Babylon IDA • Bellport Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance, Inc.• Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area • Brookhaven National Laboratory • Building & Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties • Child Care Council of Suffolk • Composite Prototyping Center • Empire State • EmPower Solar • Development Corporation • Electrical Training Center • Eva Rodriguez • Family Service League • Girls Inc. • Great South Bay YMCA • Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk • Health & Welfare Council of Long Island • Huntington Opportunity Resource Center • LISTnet Digital Ballpark • Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW • Long Island Coalition for the Homeless • Long Island EOC • Long Island Federation of Labor • Long Island Regional Economic Development Council • Mission United • Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee • Northeast Gas Specialists • Northwell Health • New York State Office of Children and Family Services • Northport Veteran Affairs Medical Center • NYSERDA • Opportunities Long Island • RELI • SCO Family of Services and Bridge to Health • Stony Brook University Center for Corporate Education • Suffolk County Community College Foundation • Suffolk County Department of Labor • Suffolk County Department of Social Services • Suffolk County Community College • Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative • Suffolk County Police Department • Suffolk County Re-Entry Task Force • Suffolk County Sheriff’s Youth Tier Initiative • Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge Fernando M. Comacho • Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources • Town of Islip Community Development Agency • Urban League of Long Island • VIBS • Workforce Development Institute • Wyandanch Family Life & Youth Center • Wyandanch Homes & Property Development Corporation • Wyandanch Opportunity Agenda • Wyandanch Public Library • Wyandanch Resource Center • YMCA of Bay Shore
United Way of Long Island is an equal opportunity employer and the YouthBuild Long Island program is an equal opportunity program . The YouthBuild Long Island program offers auxiliary aid, services and activities upon request, to individuals with disabilities. The Youth-Build Long Island program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.