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July 30, 2012

9TH Annual Showdown in Motown

Detroit, MI- Young Detroit Builders will host their 9th Annual Showdown in Motown at the Majestic Theatre,  (4140 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201) on Friday, September 28, 2012 starting at 7p. Talented singers, dancers and musicians from the Metro Detroit area will perform during this talent showcase competition and have a chance at winning up to $1000 as a 1st place prize. All proceeds will benefit Young Detroit Builders/YouthBuild Detroit.   Tickets are $1o in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, email us at [email protected] or call us at (313) 964-2763

 

 

October 4, 2011

Spiritual Leader Creflo Dollar Makes Generous Donation to Young Detroit Builders

DETROIT, MI – Young Detroit Builders received a huge shock last month when one of the country’s well-known and most respected spiritual leaders made an unexpected contribution. Nationally-recognized minister Dr. Creflo Dollar and his Creflo Dollar Ministries gave YDB $10,000 in recognition of the organization’s mission to changing young adults’ lives while rebuilding the city of Detroit.

The check presentation took place during the 2011 CHANGE Convention on September 16 at COBO Hall’s Riverview Ballroom in downtown Detroit among more than 1,000 attendees. Interim Executive Director Angela Wilson was informed via phone that YDB was chosen by Dr. Dollar and CDM as an organization they would make a generous contribution to. They cited that YDB’s “dutiful service and commitment to the Detroit community” made it a top choice. Several staff members and students attended the convention on behalf of the entire organization. The hefty donation will be used primarily to continue YDB’s YouthBuild Detroit program.

YouthBuild Detroit is a public, educational training program that helps young adults, ages 18-24; earn their GEDs while getting hands-on construction training, as well as fulfilling a community service project. Students earn a modest living allowance while participating in this full-time, 10-month training program and may be eligible for AmeriCorps educational awards for college. Upon completion, job placement and follow-up assistance is provided. YDB also partners with the United Housing Coalition and Michigan Legal Services for a Partnership for Permanent Supportive Housing; providing educational assessments, GED classes, life skills and more to homeless households.

For more information or for media inquiries, contact Brittany Smith at 313.964.2763 or email her at [email protected].

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August 3, 2011

Sponsors Announced for the 8th Annual Showdown in Motown

DETROIT, MI – After months of anticipation, Young Detroit Builders is pleased to announce the sponsors for the 8th Annual Showdown in Motown.

Corporate sponsors are Butzel Long, Comerica Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Flagstar Bank, DTE Energy Foundation and MGM Grand Detroit. They have all made generous contributions of $1,500 or more in support of the Showdown. Detroit’s HOT 102.7 is the Showdown in Motown’s media sponsor.

The Showdown features some of Detroit’s diverse musicians, singers, rappers, poets and dancers who will compete for the $1,000 grand prize. Last year’s highlight was a fire hula hooper; this year’s competition includes an opera singer, who’s a student at Central Michigan University and a jazz vocalist, who opened for American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. Celebrity judges select the first-place winner. There will also be second- and third-place winners. The event also serves as the flagship fundraiser for YouthBuild Detroit; a comprehensive program operated by Young Detroit Builders that helps low-income, Detroit youth between ages 18 and 24 learn construction skills, earn their GED and rebuild and repair homes for low-income residents.

Young Detroit Builders is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization in its 16th year providing services to help youth transform their lives while rebuilding their communities. Sponsor support of the Showdown in Motown goes directly to helping disadvantaged young adults pass the GED exam, develop leadership and employability skills and receive on-the-job construction training while performing community service.

The Showdown in Motown will take place Friday, September 23, 7pm at The Majestic Theatre Center, located at 4140 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Tickets are now on sale for only $10. Tickets can be purchased at The Majestic or at Young Detroit Builders, located at 1627 W. Lafayette Boulevard. For more information, contact Brittany Smith at 313.964.2763 or email her at [email protected]

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July 14, 2011

A New Home for YouthBuild Detroit & Detroit Construction Career Center

DETROIT, Mich. – After four moves and much tedious preparation, Young Detroit Builders has finally moved all of its operations into a new building. YDB purchased the building, a huge accomplishment for a non-profit organization in these times, and completed the move this past April. Our new home, located at 1627 West Lafayette Boulevard, is walking distance from downtown Detroit. The 18,000 sq. ft. building now houses our YouthBuild Detroit/AmeriCorps program, the Detroit Construction Career Center and administrative offices.

YDB will celebrate this accomplishment with an open house on Thursday, July 28, 5pm-7pm. The open house is in conjunction with our graduation ceremony for the last two cycles of students, which is from 3pm-5pm. The open house will feature a guided tour of our new building, construction demonstrations, counseling workshops, arts & crafts and much more. We are inviting all media outlets, YDB alumni, former staff, donors, volunteers and supporters to attend this wonderful community event.

YouthBuild Detroit is a public, educational training program that helps young adults, ages 18-24, earn their GEDs while getting hands-on construction training, as well as fulfilling a community service project. Students earn a modest living allowance while participating in this full-time, 10-month training program and may be eligible for AmeriCorps educational awards for college. Upon completion, job placement and follow-up assistance is provided. YDB also partners with the United Housing Coalition and Michigan Legal Services for a Partnership for Permanent Supportive Housing; providing educational assessments, GED classes, life skills and more to homeless households.

The event is free. Young Detroit Builders is located at 1627 W. Lafayette Boulevard, between Rosa Parks and Trumbull near downtown Detroit. For more information contact Beverly Manick at 313.964.2763 or email her at [email protected].

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May 31, 2011

YDB Kicks Off ‘Showdown in Motown’ Talent Search

DETROIT, MI - Want to showcase your talent? Like to compete? Want to win $1,000? Here’s your chance to do all three and more. Young Detroit Builders is currently looking for talent for the 8th annual Showdown in Motown talent competition. We are seeking singers, musicians, dancers, poets and entertainers across the board that are ready to show their stuff. Showdown in Motown gives the artists the chance to compete for grand prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000.

We are seeking an array of talent; so if you’re into pop, rock, rap or gospel this event is for you! The Showdown in Motown will take place Friday, September 23, 2011, 7pm at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre. The Showdown, which will feature local celebrity judges and Detroit’s up-and-coming artists, also serves as Young Detroit Builders/YouthBuild Detroit‘s flagship fundraiser.

Young Detroit Builders is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization in its 16th year providing services to help youth transform their lives while rebuilding their communities. Your support of the Showdown in Motown goes directly to helping disadvantaged young adults pass the GED exam, develop leadership and employability skills and receive on-the-job construction training while doing community service.

If you or someone you know would like to audition, send audio or video to [email protected] or our MySpace page by Monday, June 20, 2011. You can also call Brittany at 313.964.2763.

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March 3, 2011

YouthBuild Detroit Hosting Special Viewing of “Secret Millionaire”

DETROIT, Mich. – YouthBuild Detroit is hosting a special viewing of this Sunday’s episode of ABC’s newest hit show, ‘Secret Millionaire.’ The event will take place this Sunday, March 13, from 7-9:30pm at The Magic Stick in Detroit.

Our organization will be featured on Sunday’s episode. The show focuses on non-profit organizations in poor communities and how the impact they make in these communities. It will air this Sunday at 8pm on ABC (locally WXYZ Channel 7).

YDB was one of several Detroit non-profit organizations highlighted in this upcoming episode of ‘Secret Millionaire.’ The show, which made its debut last Sunday, reached 12.7 million viewers, beating CBS’ popular “Amazing Race” and “Undercover Boss.”

Young Detroit Builders is a non-profit, public educational training program that helps young adults ages 18-24 earn their GEDs while getting hands-on construction training, doing community service and earning a living allowance. Students earn a modest living allowance while participating in this full-time, 10-month training program and may be eligible for AmeriCorps educational awards for college. Giving back to the community is a major focus of YDB and students complete community service projects throughout the program. Upon completion, job placement and follow-up assistance is provided.

We would love for you to come and support this event and YDB. This event is free. The Magic Stick is located at 4120 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

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January 12, 2010

Young Detroit Builders Host Census 2010 Advocacy Workshop in Honor of MLK Day

DETROIT, Mich. – On Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Young Detroit Builders (YDB) will host a census advocacy workshop entitled “Dispelling the Myths, Let’s be Counted in 2010.” The objective of the event is to educate the community about the importance of the census and to dispel any myths that might discourage individuals from participating in the census count.

“Many people withhold information and are therefore undercounted because of their fear of what will be done with the information once it is collected. YDB would like to help clear up some of the confusion,” said Indira Pierce, Leadership Development Specialist at YDB.

The census workshop will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 1950 Trumbull in Detroit from 5p.m.-7p.m. Guest speakers are Dr. Jerome Reide, Field Organizer for NAACP National, and Brian White from the Census Bureau. In addition to dispelling myths, speakers will also talk about census job opportunities.

YDB selected this particular event as their MLK Day of Service Project because of the connection of the census to civil rights. According to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, “An accurate census affects the nation’s ability to ensure equal representation & equal access to resources.”

YDB wanted to become involved because they provide services to the same populations that are most commonly undercounted in the census and, therefore, denied valuable resources. So, instead of cleaning or painting, this year YDB students chose to serve by offering knowledge, which could result in major change for some Detroit communities.

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October 26, 2009

Detroiters’ Civic Pride Showcased on Angels’ Night

A once blighted apartment complex is now another piece of evidence of one community’s hard work to re-energize their neighborhood. Corktown’s Spaulding Courts Apartments, the site of two recent fires, gunfire, and drug activity, have been reclaimed by a community of civic-minded Detroiters. The Corktown community, represented by the Corktown Residents’ Council, in a partnership with Young Detroit Builders (YDB), the Detroit Police Department, and Neighborhood Services Organization’s Helping Hands program, has reclaimed these recently blighted buildings in time for an Angels’ Night Celebration to be held at Spaulding Courts.

Young Detroit Builders will host a community Angels’ Night Festival at Spaulding Courts. On October 30, YDB will be posted outside the apartments at the newly illuminated and secured structures to pass out candy and welcome the neighborhood children and their parents back to this block. This is a block that one mother recently said she would walk out of the way of two blocks with her daughter just because of the negativity that surrounded it. Corktowners welcome her and her children back.

The Spaulding Courts Apartment complex reclamation project began on October 22, 2009 at 9am when 35 YDB students and staff and members of the Corktown community converged upon the complex to board up its 110 windows and clear the vegetation and garbage surrounding the buildings. The work was completed on October 24 by community members, who celebrated this victory over blight and the reclamation of these buildings with a 1pm potluck at Spaulding Courts. Jeff DeBruyn, President of the Corktown Residents’ Council, said that “we are working to create a high performing community… and removing all signs of blight” is key to achieving this goal. Similarly, Rowland Watkins, Program Director at YDB, said that their program’s goal was to create high performing, civic minded adults.

Spaulding Courts Apartments are located at 1901 Spaulding Court, in Corktown, north of I-75 on Rosa Parks. Corktown is one of Detroit’s safest, most diverse and eclectic places to live. It is the site of a thriving urban agricultural scene and is filled with accomplished, mature artists and other creative types. In addition, the Motor City Casino is on its eastern border, and, south of Michigan Ave, it has one of the most well maintained historic districts in the City.

One YDB student exclaimed, “It feels good to be doing this work.”

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