ReSOURCE YouthBuild Takes Washington DC

ReSOURCE YouthBuild Takes Washington DC



Recently, two of our very own YouthBuilders, Trevor Guilmette and Benjamin Fischer, were chosen to attend the annual Rural Caucus and Conference of Young Leaders, a national conference celebrating YouthBuild programs across the country in Washington DC. For the week of March 8th, over 100 YouthBuild members congregated to share stories about their experiences, attend workshops, and discuss ways to continue to address community needs. The Rural Caucus is a two-day gathering in which smaller groups from across the country meet to share about their communities and programs in a close-knit environment prior to joining the rest of the YouthBuild representatives for the Conference of Young Leaders (#CoYL2015) on March 10th through 12th.


Trevor, a YouthBuild member from Burlington, said the Rural Caucus was a transformative experience, and was interested to learn of other YB programs that dedicate themselves to nursing or customer service, as opposed to ReSOURCE YouthBuild’s focus on green building and construction. Trevor was also able to attend a College Readiness workshop during the conference with other members from across the country, which teaches soft skills such as how to act professionally and responsibly in a school or work environment and how to design a resume, among other things. Said Trevor of the overall experience: “life changing, to say the least. It gave me a whole new perspective.”


Barre YouthBuilder Benjamin Fischer shared a similar experience, saying, “I had never been on a plane, I had never been to DC, and I had never been a part of that type of event before, so I couldn’t pass it up.” Through interaction with other individuals at the Rural Caucus, Ben realized that the infrastructure issues facing Barre and the surrounding areas are not unique. They spoke intensively about the role of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in rural communities. Ben and his small group discussed ideas about “lifeline” phones for those living in poverty; their ideas will be shared with individuals at the FCC. When asked what he will share with the rest of the Barre YouthBuild crew, Ben replied, “something I will bring back to my crew is all the love, the knowledge, and the perspective I gained from these people.”



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