YouthBuild of Schenectady, N.Y., is getting a helping hand from CertainTeed and its parent company Saint-Gobain.
Students in the youth organization will be working over the next year to complete a green renovation of a home in New York’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood.
To help, Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed presented YouthBuild Schenectady with a $100,000 grant in support of the organization’s green building education and job-training program for low-income youth.
The project is part of a three-year national partnership between Saint-Gobain, CertainTeed and YouthBuild USA in support of the organization’s national green building and job training program for unemployed, out-of-school young people.
In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work full-time for six to 12 months toward their high school diplomas or professional credentials while learning environmental construction skills by building affordable housing in their communities.
“We are proud to partner with YouthBuild USA and stand behind the organization because of its focus on sustainability and commitment to shaping young adults to be stewards of the environment,” said John Crowe, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corp. “With over 1,000 employees in New York, we believe it is important to invest in the future work force and contribute to helping prepare young adults with the necessary skills they will need to be successful.”
The partnership also supports green home renovation projects in three other communities where Saint-Gobain has business concentrations, including YouthBuild chapters in Philadelphia and Akron, Ohio, and Worcester, Mass.
Upon completion, the sustainable single-family home designed by Re4orm Architecture will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. It will then be sold to a family of low or moderate income that has fulfilled eligibility requirements and completed an approved homeownership counseling program.
“The partnership with Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed will make it possible for young adults to learn green building techniques,” said John Henley, president and chief executive officer of Northeast Parent & Child Society. “As a result, more doors will open for the youth in Schenectady. Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed bring more than just financial support to us. They also bring invaluable building science expertise, and that knowledge will be instrumental in helping us ensure students leave this program not only employable in the marketplace, but also desirable in today’s green economy.”