Careers in construction

Are you 18-24 years of age and have not completed High School or obtained a GED? No job? No training that will land you a job?

YOUTHBUILD TACOMA MAY BE THE ANSWER!

Youth build tacoma

WHAT IS YOUTHBUILD?

YouthBuild Tacoma provides young people ages 18 – 24 the opportunity to learn job skills in the construction trades, along with life skills and leadership. YouthBuild helps motivated young adults transform their lives and become leaders in their community. You’ll earn your GED, learn construction skills, earn certifications, and receive leadership training, all in a 30-week program. Graduates will be a entering a booming construction industry job market where applicants are in high demand.

Call for more details today 253-573-6860 OR
Come to a Meet & Greet the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month at 1pm:

Goodwill’s Milgard Work Opportunity Center
714 S. 27th Street |  3rd Floor  |  Tacoma, WA

WHAT YOU CAN EARN:

• GED Certificate
• Multi-Craft Core Curriculum Certification (union-recognized credential)
• Flagger’s certification
• OSHA-10 certification
• First Aid/CPR certification

WHAT YOU’LL HAVE ACCESS TO:

Supportive services including:
• Transportation assistance
• Breakfast and lunch
• Tool belt and construction attire
• Monthly stipend
• 1 year of post-graduation support and services
• Caring and supportive community

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING:

EDUCATION: GED classes, educational programming and leadership development throughout the program.
HANDS ON TRAINING: Construction training in our lab for the first 12 weeks, and on a Habitat for Humanity site for the next 14 weeks.
WORK WITH MENTORS: Students have a chance to complete internships and job shadowing in the last 4 weeks of the program.
LEARN TO LEAD: Leadership community service are core components of the program as well, and students will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and achieve education and career goals.

 

Fill out an online application or give us a call 

Fill out an online application HERE
Call us at 253-573-6860 or email youthbuild@goodwillwa.org

We’ll contact you to schedule an interview and determine eligibility
Participate in 2-week introduction called Foundation

Interested students are oriented to the program in this 2-week period prior to enrollment. Students will get to know our staff and each other, participate in team-building activities, learn the program guidelines, and experience what it’s like to be a YouthBuild student. It is important to be on time, ready to learn and participate during Foundation. Since our program is a 30-week commitment, we want to be sure it is the right fit for each student. If a student does not complete Foundation or decides not to enroll in program, we will refer them to another program or resource that is a better fit.

Program enrollment or referral

There are a set number of slots for each crew and the selection process can be competitive.  If you are not selected, program staff will provide feedback and connect you with other programs.

 

MEET THE TEAM!

RONISHA HAMILTON

Ronisha has been part of the YouthBuild team since 2016 as our case manager. Her professional background is in office work. She is committed to ensuring equal rights and a level playing field for everyone no matter who they are or where they come from. What motivates her to work hard? “My family and the mistreatment and inequalities my race faces on a daily basis.”

PATRICK SMOLINSKOY

After graduating from WWU, Patrick took a retail management position. Following that year, he moved to Seoul and spent four years teaching English in South Korea. In 2016 he moved back to WA and started working at YouthBuild as a Leadership Instructor. He is interested in continuing his schooling in Education. Patrick enjoys playing video games, running, working on cars and building models. “I think one of the biggest things I couldn’t live without are my cats. I have two tabbies that mean the world to me – they are the cutest kitties in the world.”

MICHAELA WOODMANSEE

Michaela does Outreach for the program, connecting YouthBuild with schools, service providers, businesses, and young people in Pierce County. She moved to Washington in 2016 for an AmeriCorps position with Habitat for Humanity, working with homeowners to build community, develop neighborhood leadership, and plan events. What would she not want to live without? “Exploring the outdoors. Being outside keeps me happy and energized.”

WALT WOOLF

Over the past nearly 30 years of professional work, Walt has been a river guide, Outward Bound Instructor & Course Director, non-profit administrator, Journeyman Shipwright and General Contractor. He currently hangs his hat as the YouthBuild Construction Coordinator and paddles outrigger canoes whenever he can.

 


 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YOUTH BUILD TACOMA:

Michaela Woodmansee, Goodwill
714 S. 27th Street
Tacoma, WA
youthbuild@goodwillwa.org | 253.573.6860

This project is funded 80% by a $1.1 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. This program is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and Auxiliary Aids and Services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 29. CFR 37.34

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