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The YouthBuild Program for Choctaw County provides educational instruction, occupational skills training, classroom and hands on construction training for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who have previously dropped out of high school, are adjudicated, are aging out of foster care, possess a disability, are homeless, or qualify as at risk participants. YouthBuild simultaneously addresses issues facing low-income communities including housing, education, employment and leadership development.
The YouthBuild program combines academics with career training, leadership development, and community service at no cost to our students. Participants work toward obtaining their GED or high school diploma, learn marketable job skills, leadership skills and will serve their communities by assisting in the construction of affordable housing through the 502 Self-Help Housing program.
During the 26-week program, participants will spend 50 percent of their time engaged in education instruction, 40 percent of their time engaged in learning and acquiring construction industry-recognized credentials and the remaining 10 percent participating in meaningful community service projects. Students will alternate weeks in GED Classroom instruction and the in construction training/work; leadership building activities; community service projects and other aspects of the YouthBuild program. YouthBuild participants will receive a stipend of $7.25 per hour for time spent in the YouthBuild Program.
YouthBuild Program participants will receive approximately a combined 600 hours of education instruction, occupational skills training, and leadership development activities with an additional twelve months of follow-up services.
2204 East Jackson Street
Hugo, OK 74743
Jami Reich – Program Director
Vacant – Case Manager
Stacy Dennis – Construction Instructor
Vacant – Academic Instructor
YouthBuild Core Components and Program Information
The academic component assists youth to obtain a General Education Degree (GED). A Certified Teacher will provide GED preparation classes and academic classes. Students will have an individual educational plan used to structure instruction based on areas of each participants need.
Students will split their time between the vocational training work site and the classroom, where they study to earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for post-secondary training opportunities, including college, apprenticeships, and employment.
Occupational Skills Training
Who is Eligible?
- Between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age?
- Do you live in Choctaw County?
- Interested in the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or GED?
- Interested in receiving career training, leadership and development skills and earn a paycheck while doing so?
If you are interested in applying to participate in the YouthBuild program please click on the red button below to print an application.
LIFT CAA’s YouthBuild Program will collaborate with Southeastern Oklahoma State University Educational Opportunity Center, Oklahoma State University Extension office and Kiamichi Technology Centers’ Hugo Campus to link YouthBuild participants to local colleges and trade schools, as well as provide effective career readiness services. Other partners include City of Hugo, LIFT CAA Self-Help Housing and Men of Faith. These partners have committed to providing leadership training and community service learning opportunities for the YouthBuild participants.
YouthBuild Partners assist students in a number of ways including: Completing federal financial aid applications; Providing academic and career assessments with the use of tools such as COPS, CAPS, COPES, and TABE; Assisting clients with admission forms, scholarship information, and class schedules; Interview skills training and resume building; Enhancing marketability and employability; Career counseling; Providing graduates with tours of colleges and vocational schools, as well as opportunities for higher education; and providing additional supportive services to help increase the graduate’s probability of success, such as tutoring, test prep, time management, and study skills seminars.
Application and Useful Information
LIFT Community Action Agency is currently accepting applications for participation in the Choctaw County YouthBuild Program.
If you are interested in applying to participate in the program, applications are available at 2204 East Jackson Street, Hugo, OK 74743 or you may also print and complete the attached application within this link.
Please return the completed application and a copy of the necessary documentation to
2204 North Jackson Street
Hugo, OK 74743
OR you can mail the completed application and a copy of the necessary documentation to
209 North 4th Street
Hugo, OK 74743