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Pre-Apprentice Student attends AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders (COYL) in D.C.

YBB student Nathan Rhoades joined more than 100 other young leaders in Washington, D.C. to further develop his leadership skills and to network with current and former students from dozens of other YouthBuild programs from across the country. Rhoades participated in the 29th Annual YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders and the YouthBuild USA Capitol Hill Day.

Photo courtesy of YouthBuild USA

The YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders brings together more than 100 low-income young people from across the country to share their experiences with each other, develop leadership skills, and participate in service projects. Delegates like Rhoades are chosen by their fellow students in local YouthBuild programs.

In addition to skill building workshops, the Conference also included the annual elections for the Young Leaders Council, a nationally elected body of students and graduates that serves as the national policy-making voice for current students in the YouthBuild movement.

“Our young leaders’ visit to Washington is just one piece of a comprehensive youth development model facilitated by YouthBuild USA,” said John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc. “From programs in California to Massachusetts, YouthBuild works every day to cultivate strong, responsible and ethical young leaders and empower them to address the issues impacting their communities and create social change.”

After the YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders, Rhoades also participated in YouthBuild USA Capitol Hill Day on March 16 to communicate the importance of continued funding to support YouthBuild programs locally and nationwide.

“Definitely a once in a life time experience,” said Rhoades.