Hello all! My name is Pat Mays. I am a Native born and raised Alton resident and take great pride in the Alton community. I graduated from Alton High School in 2000 and Quincy University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2007. I joined the Lewis and Clark YouthBuild family in December of 2012 as the Community Services Coordinator. Outside of my employment for YouthBuild, I belong to various community-based organizations, which primary focus is to provide resources and services for low income and at risk individuals. Giving back is a pillar in my life that my system of moral values rests upon. When the task of giving back seems like an unbearable weight to carry, I refer to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” While working for Lewis and Clark Community College, I have seen firsthand how YouthBuild answers this, life’s most persistent and urgent question. I’m privileged to know that every day I go to work I am helping transform the life of future leaders.
What is YouthBuild?
YouthBuild USA has a network of 260 urban and rural YouthBuild programs in 46 states. The Building Futures YouthBuild AmeriCorps Program is a non-traditional GED course serving young adults between the ages of 16-24 years of age in Madison County and is sponsored by Lewis and Clark Community College. The Building Futures YouthBuild program offers GED certification while also incorporating job training in basic construction methods, safety (OSHA) and first aid certifications. Students participate in professional development objectives, core competencies and leadership activities through AmeriCorps service projects, community event committees, community cleanups and child advocacy initiatives. The YouthBuild program serves as a second chance for unemployed young people who left high school without a diploma to reclaim their education and gain skills they will need for employment, and to become the leaders of tomorrow. The Building Futures YouthBuild program also serves as a platform for students to transition into post-secondary education after they obtain their GED. Through the Lewis and Clark Community College Adult Education Department, YouthBuild students have post-secondary transitional opportunities in welding, automotive, ICAPS, bridge to health sciences, Highway Construction programs and more.