Bank of America has awarded SA Youth a $20,000 grant for the organization’s YouthBuild Program, in partnership with YouthBuild USA.
SA Youth will use the funds to support its YouthBuild Program, which assists young adults, ages 16 to 24, with high school credit recovery and certification in the construction industry.
“We are thrilled to have this unique opportunity to strengthen our community,” said Kenny Wilson, Central/South Texas market president for Bank of America. “By making this investment, we will have a significant impact on youth development and neighborhood revitalization in San Antonio and Bexar County.”
Members of SA Youth’s YouthBuild Program recently worked alongside Bank of America volunteers to participate in the Jemison Street Revitalization Project, which helped the East Side area with many repairs and home improvement projects, such as painting, reinforcing a fence, and planting community gardens, among others, that made a difference for low-income residents and the overall community.
Erin Figueroa, SA Youth vice president of Grants Management, said community partners such as Bank of America help make academic recovery programs, such as YouthBuild, possible, especially in light of funding cuts to nonprofit organizations across the board because of the lagging economy.
“Our students are able to earn their GED or high school diploma and receive marketable job skills that will help place them in the workforce,” Figueroa said. “They are transforming their lives, which in turn makes the community better.”
About SA Youth
SA Youth is a 26-year old community organization that keeps at-risk children and youth off the streets and in school, and offers young adults a second chance in life by providing them with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma or GED while receiving workforce training in construction, technology or the green jobs sector. For more information, visit www.sanantonioyouth.org.