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Area Youth Will Build Pavilion at County Park This Summer

(Clayton) –  The Youth One Stop Summer Program will be taking on a project to build a pavilion at the County’s Scotland Run Park Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi announced today.   

The eligible students have been recruited from the building trades’ classes at GCIT because of their carpentry and building skills and will work with students recruited from area high schools to construct the pavilion at the park this summer.
“This project will employ 23 students for the summer is a great example of several governmental entities working hand in hand to provide a learning opportunity and economic opportunity for our youth,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  “As a tradesman, it is a tremendous boost for kids to learn a skill and build something that others will use and enjoy.  They will get a sense of pride in their work and the community will benefit from the new pavilion they will build,” Sweeney said.

The Freeholder Director said the site for the 20’ x 32’ pavilion will be Scotland Run Park in Clayton.

Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Liaison to both the Department of Economic Development and to Education, said, “The Gloucester County Youth One-Stop is a comprehensive program for out-of-school youth.  The program includes assessment, youth development supports, education, and vocational/job access.  It gives a lot of students who don’t perform well in the traditional class room setting a second chance at getting an education.” 

Brigandi remarked, “This summer program offers teens a unique opportunity to work as part of the community while garnering important life-skills.  The students will not only learn how to build the pavilion, but they will also learn the importance of show up to work everyday, on time and prepared.”  Brigandi said that the summer program is a joint project between the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), the county Parks Department, and the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT).

The pavilion project will be part of the scheduled program for summer starting July 10 and ending August 17 with an awards luncheon at Par 5 Cafe' at 12 noon.

The students will be working on site at Scotland Run Park from 8am until 2:30pm Monday – Thursday.  They will also participate in field trip activities for recreation and community service as part of the program.

State grants fund the Workforce Investment Board Youth Council and this project.