It was a day of celebration at SER Metro-Detroit on Saturday, June 10th as 45 young adults graduated from this year’s Youth Programs. These programs are supported by the Department of Labor serve 16-24-year-olds who are out-of-school and out-of-work and are seeking a second chance. This program is not a handout – students have to work hard to achieve success. They learn valuable construction skills and practice them by building affordable housing for low-income people in their communities. SER’s young people go on to become active, contributing, tax-paying citizens who are leading productive lives.
Compared to a motivated control group receiving other services, the DOL YouthBuild program resulted in a 31% increase in college enrollment, a 51% increase in vocational school enrollment, a 78% increase in GED attainment, and a 76% increase in volunteerism. The study also found that YouthBuild graduates are less likely to rely on government benefits just 30 months after starting the program when compared to the control group.
SER’s young adults might not have made it to graduation without support from YouthBuild and the SER Learning Academy programming. SER is proud of each and every one of them and cannot wait what the future holds for each and every one of them.