HIEC and Habitat for Humanity Halton come together
for Milton's first Youth Build Day

June 13/2012

MILTON - On Monday, May 28th, the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) joined a group of eager students from Bishop Reding Secondary School at Habitat for Humanity Halton's first ever Youth Build Day. The student volunteers were on site to help build a single family home for a mother and her children - the first Habitat for Humanity project in the Town of Milton.

"When you get these families in the home ownership model, it is an amazing process to see - they have more self-confidence, a psychological shift, and they feel better about themselves," said Dave Bedini, Construction Manager with Habitat for Humanity Halton. "When you get them out of that cycle of poverty it's just amazing how powerful it is."

In addition to helping a family in need, this opportunity also gave the students a hands-on learning experience in the construction industry. They got to spend the entire day on a fully-functioning building site alongside other professional contractors and tradespersons.

"I am here today because this is a good cause and I like doing construction work," said Jordan, a student from Bishop Reding Secondary School in Milton. "This is a great learning experience for all of us and it is good to give back."

With professional guidance and supervision, students helped measure and cut subfloor, put down laminate flooring, and install kitchen cabinets. The hands-on work made for a valuable learning experience.

"This is a really good experience for people who are interested in going into construction," said Jason, another student volunteer from Bishop Reding. "It's really fun and the Habitat volunteers are really good with helping us with everything - it's not like you are learning by yourself."

Experiential opportunities like this one have become an important part of the high school curriculum for thousands of students. Together with both Halton school boards, HIEC works to increase employer involvement in the learning process. Today, there are over 100 specialized programs being offered across the region that allow students to experience first-hand a career they might be interested in.

Employers interested in offering experiential learning opportunities to local students - and in turn helping to inspire our future workforce - can contact Greg Murray at HIEC via phone at (905) 634-2575 ext.17 or e-mail at gmurray@hiec.on.ca.

Habitat for Humanity Halton is a local, non-profit, faith-based organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.habitathalton.ca.


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