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NO. R-195.  House concurrent resolution honoring the achievements of the ReCycle North YouthBuild organization.


Offered by:  Representatives Symington of Jericho and Donovan of Burlington.

Whereas, in 1996, the King Street Youth Center in Burlington, at the urging of the city of Burlington, established a program to enable young persons to complete their secondary education and to train them in marketable carpentry and construction skills, and

Whereas, this program gained its own identity when it was incorporated subsequently as a separate nonprofit corporation called Youth Building for the Future Inc. (YBF), and

Whereas, since 1997, the program has:  served 196 young persons, of whom 95 are program graduates, enabled over 59 of the participants to attain their General Education Diploma, completed over 55,900 hours of community service building projects throughout northwestern Vermont, and built one unit of affordable housing each year, and

Whereas, the multiple missions of ReCycle North, also located in Burlington, include:  protecting the environment by reducing the amount of reusable and repairable items dumped in landfills; giving individuals in transition valuable job skills, technical training, and more opportunity; and alleviating the effects of poverty by making vital household goods and building materials available to the poor, and

Whereas, although YBF was an admired vocational training endeavor, the program was vulnerable to federal funding reductions because its primary source of money was a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant, and

Whereas, in 2004, in light of the two organizations’ compatible goals, and the necessity for YBF to be operated on a more solid financial basis, Recycle North acquired YBF, and the fully merged organizations will serve as a model for similar programs in other communities, and

Whereas, the ReCycle North YouthBuild creed is based on mutual respect between youths and adults, a commitment to education and lifelong learning, and performing community service as a way to demonstrate the appreciation of the youth participants for having the opportunity to learn and refocus their lives, and

Whereas, on Wednesday, May 4, these outstanding youth participants and their adult leaders are visiting the State House for the purpose of presenting the House of Representatives a gavel and anvil set that they have made, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the achievements of the youth participants in the ReCycle North YouthBuild program, welcomes them to the State House, and expresses its appreciation to YouthBuild for the handsome gavel and anvil set constructed for the use of the Speaker of the House, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the ReCycle North YouthBuild organization in Burlington.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont