State Bar (at the Fillmore, Detroit), 2101 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
Come have a beer and buy a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the State Bar. Every penny raised from the raffle will go to providing food and tools for the Detroit students in the YouthBuild program. All donations are tax deductible.
The Youth Build program serves 18 – 24 year old high-school dropouts from low-income families and teaches them construction skills. YouthBuild is one of the many programs administered by SER Metro-Detroit. SER is a 501(c)3 organization with a year-over-year high performance record
in the skills training and placement of individuals into unsubsidized employment in the private sector. YouthBuild is one of Detroit4Detroit’s partners. Detroit4Detroit is a movement of passionate citizens, each committed to leading the fundraising for a community project in Detroit. 100% of the funds raised go to the project of your choice, providing a direct line of sight to their real world impact.
Why this group?
Frequently, students (78% graduate) in the program receive job offers but they can’t take the job because they don’t have the tools! On average students start out at the 5th grade education level. They work hard to get their high school diploma and a trade certificate against the odds.
The term “poor” is not adequate enough to describe many of the student’s living conditions. Many go hungry for varying reasons. About 20 percent of the students are living shelters, which means they miss the meals while they are in class. Others live in equally difficult situations as their search for a place to sleep ends up being a drug house or a friend’s couch. Consequently, they have no place to store or prepare food.
These students are already giving back themselves! In addition to the traditional Construction and GED classes, trainees volunteer for Earthworks, The Greening of Detroit, UNI, and Latino Family Services. Learn more.
Donate online now. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of your donations (less credit card fees) will be used to buy tools.
How will the money be spent?
The money will go for food (50%) and tools (50%), which will be purchased from Home Depot or a similar store. If you have extras of these tools or don’t use your tools any more, please feel free to bring them. Students need:
- Utility Knife ($3.94)
- Tape Measure ($8.77)
- Safety Glasses ($8.97)
- 16 Pocket Carpenters Tool Belt ($60.80)
- Bostich Steel Framing Hammer ($25.98)
- ComboSquare ($9.98)
- Kobalt 12 Piece Screwdriver Set ($28.58)