Rossie Cherry Interview: LA YouthBuild Collaborative Succeeds with 100 Placements in Apprenticeship
Author(s): Daryl Wright and Rossie Cherry
Organizational Author(s): YouthBuild USA Under Contract with the United States Department of Labor
From 2015 to 2016, YouthBuild programs in Los Angeles County placed 100 individuals in apprenticeships. This coordinated effort included placements for 47 YouthBuild graduates and 53 residents who lived in low-income communities.
Partnerships were critical to creating pathways into apprenticeship. YouthBuild sponsoring organizations added value to these partnerships by helping apprenticeship sponsors meet local hiring targets during the limited lifespan of construction projects. This created career opportunities for YouthBuild graduates. Rossie Cherry, CEO of Advancing Communities Together, was integral to the success of these efforts.