BFCB facilitates families’ transitions from poverty to maintained self-sufficiency capable of continued constructive growth. One way it achieves this is through its sponsorship of St. Louis YouthBuild.
BFCBs sponsorship provides St. Louis YouthBuild with a safe and supportive learning environment for youths (18-24) and adults to earn a high school diploma or a high equivalency certificate (HiSET®) as they develop skill sets for various occupations.
About St. Louis YouthBuild:
Origins & Mission
St. Louis YouthBuild originated in East Harlem in 1978.
Led by Executive Director Julia Tibbs-Abernathy since its inception more than 20 years ago, our St. Louis branch has been a staple for the North St. Louis City and County communities with a mission to inspire and guide youths and adults to become successful leaders for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Alternative Resources for Personal & Professional Advancement
As an alternative school and pre-apprenticeship program, St. Louis YouthBuild helps students develop applicable skill sets for occupational fields, including:
- Urban agriculture
- Healthcare – Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
To prepare students for professional settings, the education program imbues the students with marketable job skillsets with a curriculum that incorporates:
- Work-ready attitude coaching.
- Extensive leadership development.
- Foundational computer literacy.
- Occupational skill training.
Interested students also receive opportunities to earn nationally recognized construction certifications, including:
- OHSA 10-hour card
- Green building (e.g., LEED and BREEAM® USA)
- Explore emerging green careers.
To support St. Louis YouthBuild’s students, BFCB has created valuable partnerships with the following organizations:
- City of St. Louis Public Schools: Adult Education & Literacy (AEL)
- MACRC – Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council
- Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP) – St. Louis Carpenters’ Training Center
- 8300 Valcour Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63123
- Phone: (314) 457-8300
Superior education provides a path for life-altering opportunities that lead to career advancement and enriched quality of life.
Individuals who lack resources or accessibility to traditional, high-quality preparatory education do not deserve to be left behind, their potential going to waste.
BFCB, its partners, and St. Louis YouthBuild are determined to uplift students with the necessary resources to lead active and fulfilled lives.
Partnering with WIN Warehouse
Since 2017, BFCB has been visiting our showroom, walking away with necessities to supplement the needs of its St. Louis YouthBuild program.
As a WIN Nonprofit Member, it has amassed items like:
- Safety boots
- Workwear (e.g., safety glasses)
- Cleaning supplies (for their facilities)
- Construction tools
But it doesn’t end there.
The organization’s online orders have included bandsaws, fiberglass ladders, and more.
In its six years as a member, Bridging Families to Communities and Beyond has saved thousands of dollars by securing materials at WIN Warehouse.
WIN Warehouse is a 501(c)(3) public charity where we work to provide value and mutual sustainability by connecting nonprofit organizations with corporate excess inventory.
Our commitment is to help nonprofit organizations receive the essential supplies to further their revitalizing impact on their communities.
To learn more about becoming a Nonprofit Member, please visit https://winwarehouse.org/nonprofit-members/.
Once your organization is an official member, you’ll have access to our Online Catalog and free reign to visit our showroom Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please reach out with any questions. We’re here to help!