Several programs converge on the Capitol for a day of service and a visit to the State House.

From New Jersey to Los Angeles, YouthBuild programs will be participating in the First Annual National YouthBuild Day on Thursday, April 3rd. On National YouthBuild Day, youth and young adults will be telling their stories and engaged in a myriad of community service and housing projects across the country.

In New Jersey, several YouthBuild programs will convene in Trenton to engage in a community service project prior to heading to the State House. Students will participate in a clean-up effort in Trenton’s historic Cadwalader Park. The City of Trenton will provide supplies in support of the clean-up of the 100-acre park designed in 1891 by famed Frederick Law Olmsted. Students will help in the beautification around the museum that’s located on the premises.

“National YouthBuild Day shines a light on a successful, evidenced-based movement that is impacting thousands of young people and rebuilding neighborhoods,” shares Marty Johnson, CEO of Isles in Trenton.

Early afternoon, students will have the opportunity to meet briefly with State Senator and Assistant Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz who, among her many roles, is the Chairperson of the Education Committee. With quality education being the foundation of the YouthBuild program model, the coalition of agencies is appreciative of the opportunity to dialogue with a champion of education. Robert Guarasci, Founder and CEO of the New Jersey Community Development Corporation, noted, “Education, coupled with quality workforce development training and leadership development, are key elements to helping young people change the trajectory of their lives. YouthBuild accomplishes that.”

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