November 7, 2011
Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Zoe Lofgren applauded an $800,000 grant to YouthBuild/San Jose Conservation Corps from the Start Making a Real Transformation (SMART) program of YouthBuild USA. This grant will help up to 60 young people, 16-24 years of age, earn their high school diploma or GED while building affordable homes for low-income families. The program also teaches valuable construction and trade skills to those in the program.
“This grant is an investment in our country’s future,” noted Rep. Zoe Lofgren. “We are giving these young Americans the skills they’ll need to stand on their own while at the same time helping our country grow. This program follows the old adage that it’s best to teach a man to fish than to give him fish.”