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,
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.