Youth Construction Academy

Overview & Goals

Here at Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, we know that vocational skills are just as much a path to financial stability and security as anything else. It’s in this spirit that we’re excited to begin pursuing a new initiative that aims to provide upperclassman an early exposure to the industry of construction. This program is designed to provide the next generation a hands-on education in valuable technical skills, while engaging them in the social aspect of building affordable housing and bettering their community one project at a time.

Our Partnerships

Through partnerships with The Villages Charter High School and Leesburg High School , students from their Construction Academies start their construction curriculum at school to develop the competencies essential to the construction industry; such as, skills and knowledge related to safety practices, the proper use of hand and power tools, plan reading, and basic rough carpentry and framing.  By the time the students advance into upper level courses, they are ready to get out on a Habitat job site and put into practice the skills they have mastered in school.

Numerous community supporters and businesses come together to invest in the students learning process and help underwrite the cost of construction of the homes.  Their contributions help ensure we deliver the most engaging and productive hands-on experience for the students and a well built affordable home for a family in need.

Hands on Learning

Annually, students from the Construction Academies within Leesburg High School and The Villages Charter High School will take time out of their school day to meet on an active construction site, under experienced supervision, and begin practicing the skills and processes involved in building a house. Over the course of a year, these students will have helped build two homes – taking the homes from raw land to roofing and been a major part of that progression. By providing this opportunity, these young adults are able to see the vast amounts of options that are available to them in the trades as well as appreciate what goes into the home-building process. At the end, they will receive a certificate of completion that will allow them to show future trade schools or industry employers that they have completed a recognized training program.

The Ultimate Final Exam

By the end of the student’s build year they will have the finished product of their labor standing in front of them, two brand new affordable homes.  Students will be invited to join the dedication ceremonies, meeting the Habitat families that they built these homes for.


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