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Students celebrate National YouthBuild Day in Roanoke

Published On: Apr 03 2014 04:28:05 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 03 2014 07:22:23 PM EDT

Students involved in the Total Action for Progress' Youth Build program picked up their tools and got to work for National Youth Build Day.

ROANOKE, Va. -

A group of students is working hard to make a difference in Roanoke.

Students involved in Total Action for Progress’ YouthBuild program have been working for months on a Habitat for Humanity home along Patterson Avenue in Roanoke and the group got a helping hand on Thursday.

More than 30 people celebrated National YouthBuild Day Thursday. It celebrates students who are working toward their GED while learning how to work in the construction business.

Both current students and alumni of the YouthBuild program came out to help build the house.

Once the house is finished, it will be sold to a low-income or homeless family in the Roanoke area.

Not only does YouthBuild improve the lives of the students and build homes, but it also helps students land full time jobs in the Roanoke region.

An organizer said today was a special day for everyone.

"It is a lot of help, but it is a little tough because we want to make sure everyone is working safely but also not working so they are in each other’s way,” said Habitat for Humanity’s Brian Clark.

A home takes about 6-8 months to complete. Graduation for most of these students will be coming up in July.