CTI YouthBuild Lowell has come a long way in this past year, from moving to their new home located at 167 Dutton Street in March 2012 to adjusting to a new environment. Students and staff were challenged in a wide variety of ways. YouthBuild Lowell students were able to regularly maintain the North Commons and participate in the building of the Amphitheater. For Martin Luther King day students partnered with Milly’s Place building storage area and providing light carpentry maintenance and improvements. Students also boarded up and cleared hazardous vacant single family home. The property was brought to compliance with the City of Lowell building codes. This is only a fraction of the tasks assigned throughout the year. Through all these projects and activities YouthBuild students and staff responded well with perseverance and flexibility. They were open minded, motivated, and ready to make change.
As the summer months creep its way through it became time for CTI YouthBuild Lowell’s graduating class of 2012 to make their way across the stage. This year’s graduation was held at Stocklas Middle School from 5:00-7:00PM. City Council member Reda Mersea was the honorary speaker. Special awards were presented in the areas of best academic achievement, construction, and student of the year. Young student Jessee Morales was recognized for his outstanding construction skills and leadership throughout the year.
CTI YouthBuild Lowell is honored to have such a great class and is proud of the talented young people they have become. As a Coalition we are happy to see great capacity building and growth in knowledge, wisdom and experience. Congratulations to CIT YouthBuild Lowell on a job well done. Keep hold of your attributes to success you have acquired throughout the year. Having a positive attitude and being a leader will come in handy and can be used to your advantage in life and the coming school year.
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