Youth

Earn While You Learn

youthbuild logoIf you are between the ages of 17 and 24 and did not finish high school, have limited income and want to earn your GED, then PPEP YouthBuild AmeriCorps is for you!

The eight-month program provides enrollment assistance in a college or vocational school and pays you $7.80 an hour while you learn about construction and leadership skills on your way to earning a GED.

For more information on the program, call J.J. Federico at PPEP YouthBuild AmeriCorps, (520) 806-4621, or send an email to jfederico@ppep.org.

YouthBuild is a collaboration of Portable Practical Education Preparation, Inc. (PPEP) and Americorps.

Nonprofit Youth Service Providers in Tucson Gather for Summit

Mayor Rothschild visits with an exhibitor at Summit for Youth Service Nonprofits.

Mayor Rothschild visits with an exhibitor at Summit for Youth Service Nonprofits.

Approximately 150 nonprofit service providers for Tucson’s youth met recently to find ways to collaborate and network.

The Mayor’s Summit for Youth Service Nonprofits was the first signature event of a special task force created by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild to study issues important to youth in our city.

“I asked the task force what was needed in our community and one thing they said they wanted was a better understanding of what other groups are doing to help youth in Tucson,” Rothschild said during opening remarks at the summit at Pima Community College West Campus. “To lead in a community, I believe, you need to think 10, 20, 30 years or more into the future. Our youth are that future. What we do, or fail to do, today creates that future.”

Clifford Johnson of the National League of Cities delivered the keynote address at the Mayor's Youth Summit for Nonprofits.

Clifford Johnson of the National League of Cities delivered the keynote address at the Mayor’s Youth Summit for Nonprofits.

Clifford Johnson, executive director of the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C., delivered the keynote address, stressing the importance of programs to help youth.

“Families are the lifebloods of communities,” he said.  “If their cities aren’t great places to raise children and youth, all the other economic strategies under the sun aren’t going to make their cities thrive.”

City leaders have the opportunity to convene stakeholders and lay out issues, but everybody else has a role to play as well, Johnson said.  He cited joint use agreements with school districts, literacy and health and wellness campaigns as key parts of making a difference in communities.

 

 

 

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