Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -
Hammers bang and saws whirl near 25th Avenue West in Cordele.
The workers at this site may look like an average construction crew, but this group is part of Youth Build, an organization focused on empowering young people while paying them to focus on a trade
Executive Director Robert Cooke says, "The main goal is to help young people who haven't graduated from high school to complete their GED to get training from high school to completing their GED to getting training in construction, how to keep or get a job and to move into full time employment."
The nonprofit group founded in 1978 gathers youth from ages 16 through 24 who have dropped out of school, and teaches them life and job skills. This week, the program received a grant from the Department of Labor to help 72 people in Crisp County over the next two years.
In addition to helping them earn their GED, the organization prepares them for college, offers mentoring and counseling and teaches them the inner workings of construction work.
Youthbuild takes in about 20 students at a time they split them into two groups 10 will work on the construction site, and the others will go to work on their GED, as well as leadership skills
Student Darrell Ruff says, "You'll be in the perfect place at the perfect because while you (sic) going to school you (sic) getting paid to go. I mean you really can't beat it."
The youth are working alongside local contractors to help build four homes in this neighborhood. The homes are three bedroom two bathroom houses equipped with central heating, laminate wood flooring, and reflective roofing that cuts down on energy costs
The homes are also handicap-accessible and will provide low income housing that's needed in the community. The skills these students gain will not only help them financially, but also give them confidence, and help them inspire other at-risk youth.
"I would say there is always another option there's always another option it's not just that one option you can be young and have kids and still have another option," says 20-year-old student Lafaydra Fullwood
Their slogan 'Rebuilding Lives and Rebuilding Communities' still stands strong and hopefully will continue to impact those around them.
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