Cosanne Mistretta, 321-433-7477


Contact:  Suzanne A. Sparling, APR
Office:   321-433-7022 Cell: 321-537-6986

YouthBuild Program Seeks Participants

September 24, 2012 - Following the recent award of its third U.S. Department of Labor grant, BCC's Space Coast YouthBuild has started the enrollment process to recruit its next class of 16 students.

The goal of this workforce development program is to assist at-risk youth to attain a high school credential and further their education or technical/vocational training toward employment in an economically sustaining career. Sixty-five students will be served during the three year grant period.

Applicants must be 16 to 24 years old, not have a high school diploma or GED and be withdrawn from high school. Students are selected through a process which includes interviews and participation in an unpaid orientation, giving them the chance to have a successful future that might otherwise be lost.

Information sessions about this free program will be held in October; registration is required. Those interested should contact Amy Andrews at 321-433-7383 or Cosanne Mistretta at 321-433-7477.

Space Coast YouthBuild provides GED and college readiness preparation at the BCC Cocoa Campus of BCC, coupled with paid employability skills training building affordable housing through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Brevard. Leadership development and community service are integrated into the program activities.

"It's a transformational program. It allows young people to see their potential and then follow through. It changes lives," says Cosanne Mistretta, BCC's YouthBuild director.