Telamon-South Carolina Awarded $1.1 Million to Provide Education, Employment, and Training to 70 Youth in Williamsburg and Lower Florence Counties

October 18, 2016

Kingstree, SC – Telamon-South Carolina has been awarded $1,100,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program to provide low-income young people with the opportunity to reclaim their education, gain the skills that they need for employment, and become leaders in their communities. The target population of the YouthBuild program is young adults aged 17-24 who have not completed high school.

All YouthBuild students and graduates are empowered to develop leadership, personal mastery, and community engagement skills - while working on construction projects which benefit the communities in which they live.

From its origin in Harlem, NY in the late 1970’s, the YouthBuild program has expanded throughout the USA and its successful program model has been replicated internationally. Building and renovating low-income housing provides a sense of purpose and transformation for the youth participants while it teaches important soft skills, such as team work, personal accountability, and problem solving. YouthBuild addresses the challenges faced by unemployed, high school dropouts by providing them with an opportunity to gain both the education and occupational skills that will prepare them for good jobs with good wages. Additionally, many of these youth, buoyed by their academic success in the YouthBuild program, continue on to post-secondary education.

Globally, over 200 million youth are working poor. All are in urgent need of pathways to education, jobs, entrepreneurship, and other opportunities leading to productive livelihoods and community leadership. YouthBuild programs provide those pathways. They unleash the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty with a commitment to work, education, family, and community. YouthBuild has a robust network of 260 urban and rural programs in 46 states.

Stephannie J. Durant-Brooks, Telamon-South Carolina State Director: "We are honored to work with our low-income youth in a professional, caring, and compassionate environment to help them achieve their long-term goals. The areas to be served by Telamon YouthBuild are Williamsburg County, Lake City, Johnsonville, and Olanta. Telamon-South Carolina is part of Telamon Corporation, headquartered in Raleigh, NC - a non-profit organization which proudly celebrates more than 50 years of "empowering individuals and improving communities" in 11 states. Telamon-South Carolina first opened its doors in 1983. Telamon-South Carolina’s YouthBuild has successfully served youth since 1998.

About Telamon-TRC

Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Telamon-Transition Resources Corporation (TRC) is a non-profit organization that provides educational services via early childhood and family support programs, employment and training, housing and financial empowerment and a variety of other services to nearly 19,000 individuals in eleven states.

Founded in 1965, Telamon’s mission is to provide educational services that lead to better jobs, better lives, and better communities. Telamon-South Carolina has been serving communities throughout the state since 1983.

For more information, please contact Tashia Harrison at 843-354-5708 or email at tharrison@telamon.org.

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