Portland YouthBuilders (PYB) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, vocational, and leadership development programs for low-income men and women aged 17-24.
Each year, PYB serves an average of 100 people in the greater metropolitan area. These young people are participating in PYB’s Construction Program, where they build affordable housing for first-time home owners. They receive training in the components of energy efficient residential construction, and in this case, they’re building a house with an Energy Star rating.
Bill Kowalczyk, PYB’s Construction Manager, describes the program as a “gateway to apprenticeship programs and family wage jobs in the construction industry”. PYB graduates are ready for green jobs!