But promoting positive lifestyles means more than encouraging good citizenship.
"They would support, encourage, and enlighten the students on how to be productive members of their society. They exposed me to a world beyond my imagination. The knowledge and life-altering experiences that I've gained through the YouthBuild New Bedford program have played an intricate part in how I view myself, my community, and the world, and will continue to throughout my life."
"The thing that stands out the most is the sense of family and camaraderie that I received at YouthBuild. They were able to integrate, educate, and motivate me into being a good role model in my community - in a way that had been unparalleled before."
- YouthBuild New Bedford graduate Nathanael Lopez (click here for full interview)
"Then the day came and from that day on I was forever changed! It was the first place I ever felt anything close to a family. At YouthBuild they taught me how to be me; I always knew who I was but I was terrified to show it. Each staff member helping to create someone who loved to help the community, understood the importance of equality, how to stand up for themselves, how to love math, how to be a leader, and most importantly, they taught me how to love myself. I was given so many opportunities: I got to speak at the state house, run a rally to support YouthBuild, and also run a youth summit bringing in all the local YouthBuild students together, and meeting people I most likely never would have spoken to. The biggest thing YouthBuild New Bedford gave me was a support system. It was something I had never experienced, something that was the greatest gift I never asked for because I never realized how much I needed it."
- YouthBuild New Bedford grad McKaila Coulter (click here for full interview)
Learning, building, serving -- our students are up to amazing things. A big thank you to Citizens Bank and the MA Nonprofit Network for allowing us the opportunity to share them.