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Community and Business Development - Oct. 1, 2013

The city is accepting applications for its next YouthBuild Winston-Salem class, a six-month program that offers eligible high school drop-outs the opportunity to get paid while they earn their GED and learn a construction trade.

Applications are accepted year-round, however, to be considered for the next class, projected to start in late November, applications should be submitted by Oct. 15.

YouthBuild is funded with a $1.1 million federal grant and is being administered by the Community and Business Development Department. Participants receive a monthly stipend while they earn their GED, receive training and certification in a construction trade, and develop leadership skills.

All YouthBuild participants also receive a personal development plan as well as assistance after they complete the program to find a job or continue their education.

To be eligible, applicants must be a high-school dropout without a GED and be between 16 and 24 years old on the date of enrollment.

Applicants must also meet at least one of these requirements: live in a low-income household, be a current or former foster youth, have a disability, be the child of an incarcerated parent, be a youth or adult offender, or be a migrant farm worker youth.

To apply or for more information call (336) 397-7770 or send an e-mail to

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