YouthBuild Boston Paves Way For Students Of Color To Find Careers In Trades

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A non-profit based in the Greater Boston Area has been helping men and women of color find solid footing at job sites for over three decades, and is still going strong.

YouthBuild Boston Executive Director Brian McPherson tells WBZ's Brooke McCarthy that helping young people enter the trade industry is the name of the game for the organization.

"It's about changing lives, to really help diversify the trades and bring black and brown students into the apprenticeships that need to grow this industry and diversify this industry. Giving them the exposure they want, and then guiding them to where they really want to be," McPherson said.

YouthBuild offers four different programs including building trades exploration and facility maintenance, which brings hands-on experience to the students— helping thousands get their diploma or find a career path in jobs like construction and plumbing.

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McPherson says the non-profit is always accepting new students into its programs.

"It's been an awesome opportunity to see the lives we get to touch, the students learning those skills on a job site, being able to take it to that union level. To meet them where they're at, to find out what they want to do and give them that roadmap and help them follow it," McPherson said.

WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.

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