This year YouthBuild Boston (YBB) celebrated 10 years of service to the community through our innovative U-Build program, which connects a corporate sponsor and a non-profit community partner for a day of service. To celebrate U-Build’s 10th anniversary, YBB has announced a new ‘Adopt-a-School’ initiative, through which volunteers of socially-responsible companies can volunteer alongside young people from underserved populations at urban schools in need, giving them an opportunity to directly improve their community while interacting with the community’s youth.
To kick-off the new initiative, YBB conducted several projects at Urban Science Academy in celebration of the legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Projects included building new picnic tables, repainting the school’s auditorium, and building new raised beds for the greenhouse classroom, among others. Project sponsors; Bank of America, Commodore Builders, Shawmut Construction, and Starbucks Coffee Company all provided invaluable support for the event, as well as volunteers to help complete the work. YBB hosted 80 volunteers for the day, for a total of 560 hours of service to the school.
The Adopt-a-School initiative will give YBB youth an opportunity to make an immediate impact in places they care about most, like their own school. Service events allow YBB program participants to take on a leadership role within the community, and learn new skills through service. There are three students from the Urban Science Academy currently enrolled in YBB’s programs. The young people are excited to give back to their school by helping in the planning and execution of this event. “I enjoy how we come together with other volunteers to make something come to life”, says Chris Duverneau, a student at Urban Science Academy who is also enrolled in YBB’s Career Exploration program. By serving alongside volunteers from the project sponsors, both groups benefit. Duverneau says, “The corporate volunteers are learning that I’m a hard worker and am really down to earth.” YouthBuild Boston is excited to continue their service to the community and its youth through the U-Build service program and its new Adopt-a-School initiative. Boston schools are encouraged to apply for next year’s MLK Day of Service, or another of the 6 U-Build projects that YBB organizes each year. For more information on our U-Build program or to become a project partner, please call YBB’s main office at 617-445-8887.