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12/18/2002
Toys Constructed At Hudson Valley To Be Donated

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 18, 2002

At 10 a.m. on Friday, December 20, a group of YouthBuild Albany students will donate toys that they have constructed at Hudson Valley Community College to Capital District Beginnings (25 Monroe Street, Albany), an educational daycare provider.

The dozen YouthBuild Albany students will donate approximately 70 handcrafted, wooden space ships, which will be painted red, white and blue.

An alternative school that is funded by a HUD grant, YouthBuild Albany aims to help low-income, at-risk youth avoid relying on public assistance. The YouthBuild participants take GED classes, rehabilitate Albany buildings and attend classes at Hudson Valley Community College. As part of the program, they build wooden toys in Hudson Valley's construction lab. Many YouthBuild graduates go on to enroll in Hudson Valley's Construction Certificate program.

If you'd like to send a photographer or reporter to Capital District Beginnings, or if you need additional information, please call Jeff Foley at (518) 629-8085 by 4 p.m. on Thursday.