PUBLISHED: 4:00 PM on Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Young Alaskans Building Affordable Housing taking applications
YABAH is a comprehensive job training, education, and leadership development program for young adults of Alaska, ages 16- 24. The program includes job training, classroom and vocational education, leadership development, counseling, and job placement assistance. Participants learn construction skills while building low-income housing in the Sitka community.

YABAH is a program of the private non-profit organization Southeast Alaska Guidance Association in partnership with SouthEast Alaska Career Center and Baranof Island Housing Authority in Sitka. All program components will be conducted in Sitka. YABAH provides guidance counseling, peer support groups, cultural and recreational events and activities, and job placement assistance for up to 16 eligible young adults per year. The program promotes youth leadership development, program decision-making, and community involvement. Successful program graduates will receive construction skills training coupled with academic education leading to a high school diploma or G.E.D. and/or further education.

The YABAH program provides an opportunity for young Alaskans to gain work experience and acquire skills in the construction industry by building a residential home and/or other construction projects, developing leadership, and continuing education towards a GED. Participants will earn a training allowance of $1,200 per month and upon successful completion of the program, an AmeriCorps education award of $1,250. The program runs March through December, and applications for staff and students are now being accepted.

For more information or applications, contact Karen Martinsen at 966-1355 or Dana Kelly at 907-966-1350, or send e-mail to