Program Gives High School Students Who Dropped Out Chance For Success

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A program in Brownsville gives students who dropped out of high school another chance for a diploma and so much more. 

Youth Build Brownsville is a six-month education program that gives students ages 16-14 a chance to earn their GED and construction certificate.

Nick Mitchell Bennett, Director of Youth Build Brownsville said the program also gives students a pathway to an IT certificate. 

“Some years ago back in 2015, [Youth Build Brownsville] requested a grant from Keppel AmFELS,” Bennett told News Center 23 at an open house for a new facility. 

Keppel AmFELS, a construction company based in Brownsville, gave the program $12,000. 

Bennett said the money will, “help build a new workshop to help do training for students on more technical tools.”

The money was also used for new tools, remodeled facilities and a work deck. A new CO-OP will be built so students can build furniture to sell and learn to run a business. 

“These are kids who made a mistake earlier on, and said ‘you know what I need to come back and I want to learn more and give back to the community’, and they do that through our organization,” he said. 

 

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