By: Sue Carter, LCC Assistant Director
Caroline Garcia, Local Conservation Corps YouthBuild Program Manager, is a perfect example of what it means to live up to our Agency’s mission! Her tireless dedication to the young adults served through YouthBuild Fresno – an employment and training program for at-risk youth – is commendable, so much so that she recently received national recognition by YouthBuild USA.
Through Caroline’s outstanding program management, YouthBuild Fresno received YouthBuild USA’s 2010 National Service Award. The annual award is given to one YouthBuild-AmeriCorps program nationwide for achieving 100% attainment of the AmeriCorps Education Award (scholarship) for all program participants; each YouthBuild-AmeriCorps student is eligible to earn an AmeriCorps Education Award while active in the program. Students who successfully complete either 675 or 900 hours of school (toward their high school diploma), construction training, and community service within the program year receive a college scholarship for $1,800.00 or $2,365.50, respectively.
Caroline has been with our Agency since January 2005. She first began her YouthBuild journey as a case manager and in May 2008 was promoted to program manager. Caroline goes above and beyond the call of duty to assure that all YouthBuild students and alumni have the tools and support needed to succeed in current and future educational and career endeavors. Caroline is an outstanding Agency and LCC program representative in our community. She is always striving to find new and creative ways to help our community understand the importance of the contributions of the young leaders enrolled in all LCC programs.
YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 years work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills, and serve their communities by building affordable housing.