Our recent newsletter featured this article from IICD Michigan. Thier recent retreat with the Young Detroit Builders was a huge success!
Young Detroit Builders is a YouthBuild USA affiliated non-profit that has been offering comprehensive education, support services, counseling, leadership development, job and life skills programs and on-the-job residential construction training and NCCER certification since 1996. For more information please visit youngdetroitbuilders.org.
On June 5th IICD Michigan, in partnership with YDB, hosed a weekend retreat. There were presentations, art workshops, personal inspiration and many other programs that the students and the youth put together and it all went extremely well.
The most inspiring aspect of the retreat for IICD student Nahyun was the Q&A after the presentations. “We asked why they joined YDB and everyone had time to explain their reasons.” The answers were incredibly insightful and heart wrenching. They joined because they were suffering from poverty and inequality. That made them feel like it was impossible to adapt to society and brought on a sense of hopelessness. “We realized they were just like us. If they and we were afforded the same opportunities we would all have more options.”
This re-affirms what we at Campus California support. Everyone deserves the same opportunities and we appreciate everyone who gives to our organization either financially or by donating unwanted clothing and shoes. Please check out the programs IICD Michigan offers at iicdmichigan.org.