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At-Risk Students Find A Way To Spread Christmas Cheer

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 12, 2001

TROY, NY – A group of YouthBuild Albany students are constructing wooden toys at Hudson Valley Community College, which they will donate to the Viking Child Care Center in time for Christmas.

WHEN: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, December 20.

WHERE: Hudson Hall, Room 144 (construction lab), Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy NY.

WHAT: YouthBuild Albany, an alternative school that is funded by a HUD grant, aims to help low-income, at-risk youth avoid relying on public assistance. The YouthBuild participants, primarily local minorities, take GED classes, rehabilitate Albany buildings and attend classes at Hudson Valley Community College. As part of the program, a group of 12 to 15 students will be building wooden toys in Hudson Valley's construction lab on the above-listed days. This will help the students learn to operate hand tools – many YouthBuild graduates enter the construction field; every student in this particular class plans to enroll in Hudson Valley's Construction Certificate program in the Spring 2002 semester – and the toys will be donated to the Viking Child Care Center before Christmas.

WHY: This joint effort between Hudson Valley Community College and YouthBuild Albany will help create a brighter Christmas for those children who receive the handcrafted, donated toys.