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Friday, January 27, 2023

CareerSource CLM recruiting for Marion County’s Phoenix Rising YouthBuild

Recruiting is underway for deserving young adults who are interested in taking part in Marion County’s 15th Phoenix Rising YouthBuild program.

An open house event will kick off the program on Wednesday, September 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center located at 1510 NW 4th Street in Ocala.

The event is designed to acquaint interested participants, family members, and community partners with Phoenix Rising YouthBuild. Light refreshments will be provided during the open house.

The community-based program helps economically challenged neighborhoods while making a positive difference in the lives of young adults (ages 18 to 24) who are willing to work, in need of a high school diploma, and interested in employment and/or postsecondary education or training, according to CareerSource CLM.

Detailed overviews of the program will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 4 at the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion career center, which is located at 2703 NE 14th Street in Ocala. Since space is limited, those interested in attending must schedule a session in advance by calling 352-291-9550, ext. 1215 or by texting YB to 352-299-7999.

Through Phoenix Rising YouthBuild, students receive hands-on and classroom training designed to develop workforce skills that lead to employment. A key feature of the program involves construction of Habitat for Humanity of Marion County homes for deserving families.

In addition, students may earn their high school diploma as well as industry-recognized certifications while receiving weekly participation payments.

In 2011, Phoenix Rising was spearheaded by then Ocala Police Chief Sam Williams in collaboration with CareerSource CLM and its youth services provider, Eckerd Connects Workforce Development, as well as Habitat for Humanity of Marion County and the City of Ocala.

Additional primary partners include the Marion County Board of County Commissioners, College of Central Florida (Hampton Center), Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Neighborhood Housing and Development Corporation, Florida State Housing Initiative Partnership, and Equal Housing Opportunity.

CareerSource CLM receives major funding for the program through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Current federal funding for YouthBuild is $844,712, and the two-year grant covers training for 48 students and construction of four homes, according to CareerSource CLM.

To date, over 290 young adults have graduated from Phoenix Rising programs in Marion and Citrus counties. Students participating in the program have helped build 48 homes, 105 have earned high school diplomas, and 250 have gained employment and/or enrolled in postsecondary programs.

Graduates have also earned over 1,300 industry certifications, including forklift and warehouse certifications, OSHA certification, Florida Safe Staff Food Handling, Home Builders Institute PACT Carpentry certification, and the National Retail Federation Customer Service and Sales credential.

Phoenix Rising YouthBuild has earned recognition from the Florida League of Cities, National League of Cities, and Harvard’s School of Business. Phoenix Rising also received the Clarence E. Jordan Award, Habitat for Humanity International’s highest honor for creativity and innovation in building homes and communities.

For more information, please call 352-291-9550, ext. 1215.