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Director of Detroit YouthBuild Program Advocates on Behalf of Students

Ann Marie Leen Visits with Senator Peters and Stabenow in Washington D.C.

BOSTON, May 12, 2016 — YouthBuild USA today announced Ann Marie Leen, Director of the Detroit YouthBuild program, traveled to Washington, D.C. on May 12 to advocate for Youthbuild’s critical legislative priorities. Leen visited the congressional offices of Senator Peters and Stabenow to encourage their support for federal funding that will allow YouthBuild to continue to help thousands of low-income youth rebuild their communities and their lives.

SER Metro-Detroit’s SER YouthBuild Construction Institute is part of a national network of programs where unemployed, undereducated and out-of-school young people work toward their GED or high school diploma, while learning job skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods and engaging in community service and leadership training. Graduates leave prepared for success in postsecondary education, careers, and registered apprenticeships— and as a part of a strong and supportive community.

Since 1994, over 140,000 YouthBuild students have performed 48 million community service hours and produced over 30,000 units of affordable, increasingly green housing in rural and urban communities across the USA.

YouthBuild changes lives and attempts to address the critical trades gap in Detroit,” said Leen.

“Our local directors are our best advocates on Capitol Hill because they see first hand the impact of YouthBuild programs that create opportunity for low-income youth across the nation,” said Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO of YouthBuild USA. “We encourage congress to continue their strong record of supporting young people who are working towards improving their lives and their communities.”

About YouthBuild USA, Inc.

YouthBuild USA, Inc.,, based in Somerville, MA, is the non-profit support center for over 260 local YouthBuild programs operating in 45 states and the District of Columbia. In YouthBuild programs, unemployed and undereducated low income out-of-school young people ages 16 to 24 work toward their GED or high school diploma, while learning job skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods, engaging in community service and leadership training.  YouthBuild USA also sponsors the YouthBuild International effort that has generated over 100 local YouthBuild programs in 21 countries worldwide. There are two ways a local program can be authorized to use the YouthBuild brand in the U.S.: either they can directly win a US Department of Labor YouthBuild grant, or they can be licensed by YouthBuild USA to use the name when they demonstrate commitment to the basic philosophy and design.