New York City has 8,250,000 people and 975,000 buildings.
It also has the only high school program in the country for hands-on masonry preservation, building conservation and green sustainable construction.
This blog offers a glimpse into that program.

The textbook developed from the curriculum and lessons: "Masonry History Integrity An Urban
Conservation Primer" is a free download at this web site:

The recent entries are in the LinkedIn Group: Masonry History Integrity & Urban Conservation.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

YouthBuild Workforce Development

The Masonry Preservation program is part of the network of services provided by Abyssinian Development Corp. (ADC) through their “YouthBuild Workforce Development” division.
Through YouthBuild, Harlem youth, ages 17-24, work toward their high school equivalency diploma (GED) learn job skills and repair existing building stock to provide affordable housing for the community. YouthBuild integrates educational intruction, counseling and construction training,including green technology and masonry preservation.

Participants must be one or more of the following:
• A member of a low-income family OR
• A youth in foster care OR
• A youth offender OR
• The child of an incarcerated parent OR
• A migrant youth
• AND a high school drop out

Funding is provided by the Department of Labor with additional support from foundations, donors and volunteers assistance.

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