PALMDALE – Antelope Valley YouthBuild, a Palmdale-based leadership development program, has received a grant from the SunPower Foundation, the non-profit arm of SunPower Corporation.
The $6,500 check was presented Thursday at AV YouthBuild’s Supportive Housing Site, located at 38518 5th Street East in Palmdale.
Awarded funds will be used by Antelope Valley YouthBuild to provide education, career development services and leadership development opportunities to young people in the community, according to Rossie Johnson, executive director of Antelope Valley YouthBuild.
“It’s an honor to receive this grant from the SunPower Foundation,” Johnson stated. “We are looking forward to furthering the education and leadership skills of at-risk youth with this grant.”
Antelope Valley YouthBuild was one of 10 nonprofit organizations recognized and awarded semi-annual grants for work in renewable energy, education or environment.
The SunPower Foundation chose grant recipients in 2014 based on a standard set of criteria, including the organization’s 501(c)(3) status, mission, vision and planned use of funds.
“Through the SunPower Foundation, our company is pleased to support renewable energy, education and environmental initiatives in communities around the world,” said Doug Richards, SunPower Foundation chairman. “These investments are sure to have a long-lasting impact thanks to the work of groups, including Antelope Valley YouthBuild.”
Antelope Valley YouthBuild is an alternative school that provides programs to “at potential” young people, ages 16 to 24. The students work toward their high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing and transforming their own lives and roles in society.
Participants spend six to 24 months in the full-time program, dividing their time between the construction site and the YouthBuild alternative school. Antelope Valley YouthBuild’s mission is to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of “at potential” youth to rebuild their communities and their lives.
How you can help
AV YouthBuild is accepting community donations for its Supportive Housing Site. The half-acre property was developed by YouthBuild participants and alumni to offer shelter to AV YouthBuild students who may be at risk of homelessness.
The Supportive Housing Site is in need of household items to furnish eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, two kitchens, two living rooms, two community rooms and a laundry room. For more information on how you can “adopt” a room, contact AV YouthBuild at 661-266-8900.
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