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Casa Verde Builders(CVB), at American YouthWorks in Austin, TX, is currently recruiting young people (18-28) from across the country and various walks of life to work together in a team-oriented service environment. The next cohorts will begin 7/12/2022 and 9/5/2022. This a one year, 1700 hour term.

As part of Casa Verde Builders (CVB), Corpsmembers will receive construction training in National Center for Construction Education and Research core curriculum, OSHA 10, & CPR/First Aid. Crews will work on new construction, tiny homes for chronically homeless individuals, and weatherization & home repair projects for low-income/elderly residents. Members will be using hand/power tools: hammers, saws, drills, shovels & spray rigs, and may carry heavy material.

No experience or skills required, only a positive attitude & a willingness to work hard.

Service Activities

As part of Casa Verde Builders (CVB), corpsmembers will receive construction training in National Center for Construction Education and Research core curriculum, OSHA 10, & CPR/First Aid. Crews will work on new construction, weatherization & home repair projects for low-income/elderly residents, and tiny home construction for chronically homeless individuals at Mobile Loaves & Fishes. Members will assist as crew leaders of our YouthBuild crews, helping to organize & lead projects. CVB members will perform strenuous physical tasks outdoors in all types of weather. Members will be using hand/power tools: hammers, saws, drills, shovels & spray rigs, and may carry heavy material. They may be asked to climb ladders & scaffolding, work on roofs or in cramped spaces.

Community Need Addressed

Casa Verde Builders (CVB), at American YouthWorks in Austin, TX, is a national leader in combining green building with affordable housing and the educational needs of Austin youth. Over the past 20 years AmeriCorps members have worked together to build over 100 green-built homes for low-income, first time home buyers.

Position Outcomes

Casa Verde Builders learn construction and green building techniques while earning NCCER and OSHA certification. Students put their marketable skills to good use through community service projects, such as repairing houses for low-income families or building micro-homes for chronically homeless individuals.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

We offer case management services for all participants, which includes assistance with support services, emergency assistance, and counseling. We have a Transition Team to assist members with post-program planning, employment/training opportunities, and post-secondary education.

Education Benefits

Credential or Certification

NCCER, OSHA-10, and CPR/First Aid

Skills you will gain

Green building, construction

Competencies You Will Develop

Communication
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Turn taking
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise
Teamwork
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Tools
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Effectively delegate tasks, Set goals
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth, Environment, Homelessness & Housing
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Charter School, Community-based Nonprofit, High School, National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Recreation or Youth Center, School-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 10

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