Resolution J2902-2013

Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of YouthBuild USA



  • Jan 23, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 35th Anniversary of YouthBuild
USA, to be celebrated on October 2, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, It is also the practice of this Legislative Body to pay trib-
ute to those organizations of outstanding purpose that enhance the qual-
ity of education of the young people of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  35th  Anniversary  of YouthBuild USA; the accomplishments of
this ground-breaking organization will be celebrated on Wednesday, Octo-
ber 2, 2013, with a strategy Breakfast, Forum, and Luncheon Celebration,
hosted by the Ford Foundation, in Manhattan, New York; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, at the event YouthBuild USA  will  honor  former
Senator and now Secretary of State John Kerry, and Bill White, President
of  the  Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, for their leadership in making
YouthBuild a reality in hundreds of communities over the decades; and
  WHEREAS, YouthBuild USA is a  non-profit  organization  that  provides
education,  counseling and job skills to unemployed young adults between
ages 16 and 24; there are 273 YouthBuild programs in 46 states, Washing-
ton, DC, and the Virgin Islands,  engaging  approximately  10,000  young
adults per year; and
  WHEREAS, In YouthBuild programs, young people ages 16 to 24 work full-
time  for 6 to 24 months toward their general equivalency or high school
diplomas while learning job skills by  building  affordable  housing  in
their  communities;  when  they have completed the program, participants
are placed in college, jobs, or both; and
  WHEREAS, More than an education and employment program, YouthBuild USA
emphasizes leadership development, community service, and  the  creation
of  a  positive  community of adults and youth committed to each other's
success; as such, this bold organization plays  an  invaluable  role  in
improving the quality of life of all the communities it serves; and
  WHEREAS, The strength of YouthBuild USA's exemplary model is evidenced
by  its  international reach; non-governmental organizations and govern-
ments are choosing YouthBuild as the most appropriate program to address
the difficult realities for youth in their countries; and
  WHEREAS, YouthBuild USA's 35th Anniversary event presents an  opportu-
nity  to not only celebrate its extraordinary achievement, but to enlist
the input and energy of key partners to help set  the  course  for  this
illustrious organization's next productive decade; and
  WHEREAS,  In  so  effectively carrying out its mission, YouthBuild USA
has demonstrated  the  value  of  investing  in  our  Nation's  greatest
resource, our youth; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 35th Anniversary of YouthBuild USA; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to YouthBuild USA.


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