Saint-Gobain Builds Up Next Generation Through YouthBuild

It’s mutually beneficial for Saint-Gobain of Malvern and YouthBuild to teach students green building skills and invest in the workforce of the future. Image via Generocity.

Providing YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School students with the new glare- and heat-preventing SageGlass they will be installing in their classroom is not only socially responsible.

It’s an investment Saint-Gobain North America is making in the future of the construction workforce.

“We know in the industry, our contractors need talent,” said Director of Brand Communication Dina Silver Pokedoff in a Generocity report by Albert Hong. “The building industry overall is in dire need of talent. We are training these individuals to be the next generation of green leaders.”

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The Malvern building materials giant has partnered with YouthBuild since 2010 by not only supplying the school’s building trades program for former high school dropouts, but also sending Saint-Gobain employees to volunteer and teach at YouthBuild worksites.

“Providing opportunities for young people with either work experiences or work exposure is just so important to open up their possibilities and get them thinking in different ways,” said YouthBuild Philly Development Director Meredith Molloy.

Read more about Saint-Gobain’s partnership with YouthBuild on Generocity here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of the company here.

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