When it was first held in 1996, the event attracted only four programs, all from Massachusetts. The 2013 competition brought together over 200 youth from thirteen YouthBuild sites across New England, along with their teachers, program directors and community representatives. “It’s our most popular event every year,” said MYBC Director Terry Moran, “it’s a fun competition that gives our students the opportunity to show all the hard work they’ve put into their education – both in the classroom and on the construction site.”
The main objective for each six-student team was to frame three intersecting walls complete with window and door openings – a project that requires more than just basic construction knowledge. “It’s more than simply ‘go out and put up three walls,’” Moran explained. “You have to know your team’s strengths, and you need use the blueprint we provide to think up a strategy and execute it quickly and accurately, or else you’re going to get penalized.” Penalties were assessed for things like poor safety precautions, incorrect measurements, and improper technique; and each resulted in a deduction of points from a program’s total.
With the help of Bank of America, who awarded the MYBC with a $15,000 grant for the purpose of holding the competition, and The Home Depot, who generously offered materials, space, and volunteers, the 16th Annual YouthBuild Carpentry Challenge was a great success for all involved.
Pictures from the event below: