Students and trainers in the YouthBuild Atlantic City program posed for a photo on the frame of the floor of the shed they are building at the Boys and Girls Club on Sovereign Ave in Atlantic City. In the front row, from left, were Charles Andrews, 17, Raiza Martinez, 17, Sadiah Dixon, 17, and Apria Newsome, 18. In the back row were construction trainer Pete Higgins, 60, Eddie Morales, 19, Shanai Ward, 25, Ean Parsons, 20, of Galloway, Sean Kelly, 20, of Pleasantville, Christopher Mosley, 18, Andre Aikens, 18, and contruction trainer Jim Gerety, 54. All students are from Atlantic City unless otherwise noted.
Ean Parsons, 20, of Galloway, learned about finding the 'crown' on a board from construction trainer Pete Higgins, 60. Higgins, a retired carpenter from Local 255, teaches the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Course at YouthBuild Atlantic City. He explained that wood is not always straight, but in fact it bows or crowns somewhere along the length. Students learn to build with the crown facing up, for better strength of the building. Students also learn to work with small tools such as this table saw.
Students in the YouthBuild Atlantic City program, framed out the floor of a shed they were building at the Boys and Girls Club on Sovereign Avenue in Atlantic City. Sean Kelly, 20, of Pleasantville, right, was the first in the program to get his GED.
Charles Andrews, 19, and Matthew Bumpers, 23, both of Atlantic City, nailed boards to a frame that will become the floor of a new shed at the Boys and Girls Club on North Sovereign Avenue in Atlantic City.
Raiza Martinez, 17, of Atlantic City, got some basic hammer and nail pointers from construction trainer Jim Gerety, 54, as she helped to build the floor of a shed at the Boys and Girls Club.
The logo of YouthBuild Atlantic City.