Kathey Porter, Director of Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations for the University of Florida has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Project YouthBuild Gainesville. This program provides vocational training and education, occupational and leadership development to young people who are determined to change their lives.
“I am thrilled about this appointment and am excited to serve in this capacity. I look forward to positively impacting the students in this program, imparting my knowledge and access to my network within the construction industry while helping to direct the future of this vital organization,” says Ms. Porter.
“All of us at Project YouthBuild are thrilled to have Ms. Kathey Porter join our board of directors. Kathey brings a wealth of knowledge and subject matter expertise that will help Project YouthBuild continue to meet the growing needs of young people in our community as well as developing solutions to barriers to success that young people face,” adds Jonathan Leslie, Executive Director Project YouthBuild Gainesville.
YouthBuild USA has built a robust network of 252 urban and rural YouthBuild programs in 46 states. Sponsored and managed by local nonprofits, community colleges, and public agencies, their primary funding source is the US Department of Labor (DOL) through the authorized federal YouthBuild program administered by the Employment and Training Administration at DOL. YouthBuild USA provides training and technical assistance, leadership development, funding for innovative program enhancements, and advocacy for these programs.
Housed in the Dr. Banks & Dr. Cosby Youth Empowerment Center, Project YouthBuild is an educational, occupational, and leadership program for young people with low incomes who have dropped out of school. Students have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma, multiple nationally recognized construction or CNA credentials, and a post-secondary scholarship, all while giving back to their community.