NAHB has teamed up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of America to introduce more of America’s youth to a future career in residential construction. The agreement comes as the residential construction industry continues to struggle to overcome the lack of available skilled trade workers.
The collaboration aims to build better communities at the local level by working together to promote construction career pathways and connect the industry with youth to provide career exploration and work-based learning activities.
The Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe places where young people can learn and grow. The organization believes every kid and teen deserves access to experiences and opportunities that change their lives for the better – regardless of their socio-economic status, color of their skin, or other factors that contribute to inequities. Learn more about the club members and get involved.
Boys & Girls Club Program Goal: 20 HBA Partnerships in 2024
NAHB’s Boys & Girls Club program successfully launched in a dozen markets nationwide, inspiring future residential construction leaders. New to the partnership this year, NAHB will award $2,400 to 20 local and state home builders’ associations (HBAs) committed to working with a local Boys & Girls Club to execute careers in construction programming in 2024.
All state and local HBAs in good standing with NAHB are encouraged to apply. HBAs do not need to have an existing relationship with a Boys & Girls Club to be eligible for funding. NAHB has a Boys & Girls Club Partnership toolkit to help HBAs establish and maintain an effective relationship with a local club. In addition, previous pilot program participants are welcome to apply.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted by an executive officer or HBA staff member, even if a local council, such as Professional Women in Building or Young Professionals, will execute the partnership. Awardees will be notified in November and funding will be disbursed in January 2024. The application process is now closed.
All applicants must complete four careers in construction-oriented activities or events in the 2024 calendar year (ideally, once a quarter). In addition to the activities, HBAs who receive funding must commit to the following:
- Sign a pledge form with a local club expressing commitment to collaborating and completing at least four events in 2024.
- Send NAHB’s workforce development team quarterly updates on the progress of the partnership and photos or videos of completed activities.
- Participate in Zoom webinars facilitated by Ford NGL consultants with your Boys & Girls Club counterpart for programmatic support and to discuss best practices.
For questions about the program please contact Sarah Weber.