Published June 11, 2010
Tags: prudential, youthbuild newark
YouthBuild Newark students and Prudential employees measure sheetrock together. PHOTO BY AKINTOLA HANIF
Prudential employees got a piece of the sheetrock today when they went to work at YouthBuild Newark’s
newest program site, under construction on 15th Avenue.
About ten volunteers from Prudential’s Real Estate Department got construction tips from students, who showed them how to measure and install sheetrock.
After a short time on the job, they had already learned a few things.
“I’m definitely learning safety first and communication is the key,” said Tony Stivale, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at Prudential.
YouthBuild Newark student Rosaly is determined to get her GED. PHOTO BY AKINTOLA HANIF.
Rosaly sits in a basement classroom alone, working on her essay.
She is easily distracted by other students, so she sought out a quiet place to write.
Since Rosaly came to YouthBuild Newark in the fall, she’s been finding ways to cope with her learning difficulties. She devised her own methods of preparing for the GED test, and studies diligently, no matter how frustrating that can be.
“You can’t go anywhere without that piece of paper,” says Rosaly, who is 19. “This is what you need in life.”
Published May 25, 2010
- YouthBuild Newark students show South African officials our independent living facility under construction on South Orange Avenue. PHOTO BY AKINTOLA HANIF
Most YouthBuild Newark students haven’t heard stories of apartheid, a form of racial segregation similar to the Jim Crow laws of the South. But they have some things in common with the youth of South Africa, which didn’t abolish apartheid until 1994.
“Although we may be worlds apart, the issues we face are very much the same: Poverty, unemployment. I hear you have a high drop-out rate in Newark, too…And I’m sure you’ve probably experienced some form of racism,” Yershen Pillay, an official with the South African National Youth Development Agency told students. (NYDA)
But the South African government sees YouthBuild as a way to change that. Read more