Regular readers of the blog know that students accomplish many things in the course of a year at YouthBuild. In addition to earning their high school diploma and preparing for college-level academics, YouthBuild Philly students also earn vocational certifications through hands-on learning while serving their community.
School, vocational training and service would be difficult to do all at once, so at YouthBuild Philly students alternate between academic and vocational training every five weeks. The student body is split into two groups: A-Side and B-Side. A-Side begins the year in the classroom, and B-Side begins the year with their vocational squads at a work site.
(We’re using a bold font to highlight some YouthBuild Philly lingo, for anyone interested in learning).
The Class of 2014 just completed their first five-week period – or “Session” – on Friday, so this week we’ve switched sides. This morning, B-Side students had their first day in the classroom, and A-Side students headed to their respective work sites to start earning their certification.
To celebrate the completion of the first session – and bring both Sides together to swap advice and knowledge about what to expect in the next session – we held what we call “REP Day” on Friday. (REP stands for YouthBuild’s core values of Respect, Excellence and Perseverance.) In addition to sharing advice and delivering presentations on what they’d learned, students participated in awards ceremonies where they were recognized for good attendance and for demonstrating core values and professional traits.
Here are a few photos from the day. Please join us in congratulating our students on completing one session, and wishing them luck in the next!