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Schenectady house project a proud accomplishment for youth trying to rebuild their lives

May 01, 2019 02:30 PM

SCHENECTADY - A project is complete at 99 Prospect Street in Schenectady. It is a sustainable ground-up project that took about a year and a half to complete.

The young people who built the house were helping to rebuild the community and their own lives.

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A year and a half ago, the property was an eyesore. It was a reminder to everyone that the urban blight that appears in so many neighborhoods.

YouthBuild Schenectady enlisted the help of Saint-Gobain and they teamed up with the SEAT Center, which provides transformative, educational and workforce experience for troubled youth. In other words, it teaches young people marketing skills and gives them the tools to build a house, but also builds self-esteem and allows them to earn a high school GED.

A family with low-income will move into the completed home.

Hear from a YouthBuild program graduate about how it's made a world of difference – and from YouthBuild's CEO about how the program is also helping other young people turn their lives around, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

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