YouthBuild participants are given the opportunity to practice leadership, and are expected to develop skills and leadership values that relate to home, work, and community.
Being a leader means you are someone who acts with integrity and makes responsible decisions, with the aim of improving the quality of life for yourself, your family, and your community.
Personal development is a big part of leadership development, and all trainees participate in activities aimed at personal development and self-sufficiency. Training will focus on developing personal, small group, and community leadership competencies such as:
- Effective scheduling & time management
- Financial literacy
- Public speaking
- Social media networking
- Researching & note taking
- Civic engagement
- Community building
Service learning projects are designed to build community leadership skills and include activities in which YouthBuild trainees contribute time and effort to assist other community organizations. Whenever possible, trainees will be given the opportunity to choose projects that appeal to them.
There are many benefits to participating in service learning projects, including:
- Learning about critical issues affecting your community
- Learning how you can have an impact on your community
- Practicing skills you have learned through YouthBuild
- Meeting people who will help expand your social and professional network
- Developing trainees into community leaders
- Improving our local neighborhoods and communities
- Building the “North Pole” attraction for the Polar Express train stop in Belington
- Building a wheelchair ramp for a disabled resident in Randolph County
- Building bunk houses for the Boy Scout Camp in Upshur County
- Helping North Elementary School in Elkins with its recycling program
- Assisting with the Catholic Charities Food Bank in Elkins
- Constructing a basketball court at the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center in Huttonsville
Contact us with any questions.