YouthBuild: Helping students build futures

YouthBuild students working to build new shop on property.


When Wayne Davis took over as the Director of Pickens County YouthBuild in September 2018, he had a vision to help young people succeed in life, as he has done with his 327 non-profit organization and with Gordo Youth Football.

The YouthBuild organization allows students between the ages of 16-24 to enroll in GED classes, while learning residential construction and the ability to earn a National Construction Certification. The organization also offers the possibility of financial assistance with college, and offers resume prep, leadership training, job training skills, and OSHA and CPR certification.

“We do mock interviews and I’ve been trying to arrange something to where we can get interview clothes for them as well,” Case worker Carla Dioume said. “I’m still working on that for the next cohort, and we have also provided breakfast for them this year. We just wanted to make sure that they’re not coming to class hungry, because obviously you can’t learn on an empty stomach.”

Dioume said the organization caters to young adults who need assistance in career development and help obtaining their GED, or students who have their diplomas but don’t have the skills to get a job. Twenty-five percent are GED candidates and those between the ages of 16-24 are considered the priority students.





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