Hello, all! Welcome to the Building Futures YouthBuild/AmeriCorps blog.
2017 has arrived! As we enter a new year, Building Futures YouthBuild is preparing itself for the arrival of a new batch of students ready and eager for their next phase of life.
After enjoying the holidays, the faculty have returned to the newly remodeled Scott Bibb Center (SBC) to “knock the dust off” before the students arrive.
When arriving at the SBC on the first day of this semester, it was as dark as the somewhat eerie photo above. (But, just look at our new sign!) I found myself the first in the building. I walked down the hallway, automatic lights on the ceiling activated with each step, sparking my vivid and childlike imagination of the Michael Jackson video “Billie Jean,” which I must admit, enticed me to live out my pop star fantasies with MJ like pizazz, mimicking the dance move below I had practiced for countless hours as a child but could never perfect!
As I completed the spin, balancing myself on my tippy toes successfully for the first time in life for more than 2 seconds, my celebration ended before it began as I found myself gazing at the eye in the sky, a security camera! Brought back to the reality that I was a working professional, I quickly scampered off to my office hoping I did not have to start off the year with a barrage of MJ jokes and verbal hazing from security for the next three months should someone run across the footage.
One would ask why embarrass yourself with this story? Well honestly, I have no shame for a good cause! I laughed as I entered my office, but it made me realize something: just how youthful the students keep the entire faculty, including me, and how their passion for life inspires me. I have no excuse for hanging my head over my disappointments.
Each year, students fill the SBC, bringing this eerie building to life with their laughter and joy. Despite the pressing, adult situations a lot of them face, they possess the courage to press on. I realized why I felt so warm and fuzzy coming into the building. While on holiday break, I was around friends and family, but with the same anticipation I counted until the last day of the fall semester, I immediately felt the same excitement about my return from break. I realized the reason is because the faculty and the students are my family and friends, as well. The family-like environment that Lewis and Clark Community College has provided YouthBuild, just like so many families, is filled full of ups and downs, disagreements, love, life and laughter.
I am proud to help students find their paths and eager to begin a new cohort! This year our YouthBuild students will be offered three career pathways:
For those of you who are new to this blog, Building Futures YouthBuild Director Sabrina Davis best summarizes what we do:
“Building Futures YouthBuild is about helping students transition into their career interests after completing their GED®. All 16-24 year olds that are looking to finish their GED® and build a future for themselves would definitely benefit from being a part of the YouthBuild movement. The New Year will be a great opportunity for students to get a fresh start, and Building Futures YouthBuild is the place to begin. Transformation looks different for all young people, and we want to make sure that we are providing multiple pathways to help satisfy those needs.
~ Sabrina Davis
A 2016 YouthBuild graduate Andre Ewing said, “If I didn’t go to YouthBuild, I would still have an average job. In my opinion, if you are considering joining YouthBuild, you should definitely give it a try. As long as you stick to it, you will enjoy it. Stick with it. In the end, it is really worth it.”
For more information or to sign up for January’s 2017 cohort please contact:
Student services coordinator, Sherrie Kirbach at 618.468.4113 or Director, Sabrina Davis at 618.468.4150.
To learn more about YouthBuild, visit www.lc.edu/youthbuild.
Until the next time signing off…
Community Services Coordinator
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King