The June Green Convene Community Meeting featured YouthBuild Louisville, a nonprofit organization focused on preparing underemployed and undereducated young adults to be successful, productive leaders in their communities. YouthBuild helps young people earn their GED or High School diploma while receiving practical hands-on training in the construction field building sustainable low-income and affordable housing for Louisville, Red-Cross Certified Nursing Assistant Training, or sustainable urban conservation practices. Coursework includes environmental studies and service is at the heart of YouthBuild Louisville. Each student completes 675 hours of community service over the course of the year. The organization works to place every student in a job, college, or the military after graduation, and staff follows up with students for at least two years after they graduate to ensure their placement is appropriate and they are getting the resources they need. They ensure that each aspect of programming is integrated to create the most cohesive and supportive environment for young people to develop and learn.
The presentation included a facility tour highlighting green design aspects of the YouthBuild center and grounds, and a discussion of the ways in which they are helping Louisville to grow greener.