Heart of Oregon Corps YouthBuild Launches Vocational Training Track for Child and Youth Development


BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Heart of Oregon Corps’ YouthBuild program has announced a new career path for child and youth development, starting in January. It introduces young adults to areas of child and youth development and trains them for the future workforce.

The new training stream helps fill the gaps in quality child care and youth development programs, and the workers needed to staff them. This new stream is in addition to the current construction training stream of the YouthBuild program.

“Central Oregon is a child care desert,” says Tanner Rohne, child and youth development trainer at YouthBuild. “Currently, according to an Oregon State University study, there are more than three children aged 0 to 5 for every available child care space due to a lack of teachers and education professionals. preschool.”

This new CYD track is part of the successful 24 month HOC YouthBuild program for disconnected young adults aged 16-24. Students return to high school, in partnership with Sisters School District, while earning the nationally recognized 300 hour Child and Youth Care Certification. Then, young people learn and work alongside daycare teachers at nonprofit child care centers in central Oregon, such as MountainStar Family Relief Nursery and Neighbor Impact Head Start, gaining valuable hands-on work experience.

Current YouthBuild student Evelyn, 16, of Sisters, moves from the construction track to the CYD track in February. “I have two young nieces and they make me so happy,” said Evelyn. “I want to help shape the minds of young children and help them be successful. “

Heart of Oregon engages childcare and youth development industry and workforce and employer experts on an advisory board to guide the implementation of the new path and ensure that program graduates obtain competitive internships. The current members of the Advisory Board are Tim Rusk, Kim Brown of Neighbor Impact and Liza Bock of MountainStar. Funding for special projects was received from the Collins Foundation and the YouthBuild grant from the US Department of Labor.

Join Heart of Oregon Corps for an official CYD Track Launch Event at the Redmond Training Center (835 E. Hwy. 126, Redmond) on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 11 am. Here, HOC will open the doors to the new CYD training room and invite young people, families, partners, donors and the media to learn more about the new track. If you would like to join Heart of Oregon YouthBuild for this launch event, please confirm your attendance with Tanner Rohne at tanner.rohne@heartoforegon.org.

About Heart of Oregon Corps
Heart of Oregon Corps is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring and empowering change in the lives of youth in central Oregon through employment, education and stewardship . Their programming creates pathways out of poverty while stimulating regional economic growth. They apply a “work-earn-learn” model that invests in local young people, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, to prepare them for the job market and encourage their autonomy. Heart of Oregon Corps is training tomorrow’s workforce today and is accepting applications from young people now! Equal opportunity employer. For more information or to apply, visit heartoforegon.org.

About the Ministry of Labor’s YouthBuild program
As a recipient of federal financial assistance, Heart of Oregon Corps refrains from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, affiliation political or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs on the basis of citizenship / the beneficiary’s status as an immigrant legally admitted and authorized to work in the United States. Qualified people with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in accessible environments (as permitted by the scope of the program). The Heart of Oregon Corps YouthBuild Project is partially funded (60%) by a $ 1.5 million grant from the YouthBuild Grant Initiative, implemented by the Employment & Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor . A proud partner of the American Job Center.


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