Chevron Richmond Invests $100,000 in 2011 YouthBUILD Program

Left to right: Corky Booze, Richmond Councilmember, Joe Lorenz, Chevron Goverment & Public Affairs, Jay Perterson, Reliability Manager Chevron. Photos by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

Chevron donated $100,000 to the RichmondWORKS 2011 YouthBUILD program. The YouthBUILD Program’s mission is to address the housing, education, employment, crime prevention and leadership development needs of Richmond’s neighborhoods.


Chevron presented the check to Councilmember Corky Booze at a RichmondBUILD Green Academy graduation ceremony attended by Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Vice Mayor Tom Butt and Councilmember Jeff Ritterman, as well as Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Jael Myrick, Field Representative for Assemblymember Nancy Skinner.


“Chevron is proud to continue to support RichmondWORKS to address concerns around jobs, economic development and crime prevention,” said Mike Coyle, Chevron Richmond Refinery Manager. “RichmondWORKS not only provides job training skills, but also life training skills. They are putting people to work, which ultimately helps to improve Richmond’s economy.”


Over the last 10 years, Chevron has donated more than $1 million to RichmondWORKS programs, including RichmondBUILD, YouthWORKS and YouthBUILD.


The YouthBUILD Program helps low-income young adults (ages 17-24) work to attain their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing.


“We are thankful to Chevron for their generous support, which will allow us to continue to offer the YouthBUILD Program,” said Sal Vaca, RichmondWORKS program director. “This Program plays an important role in the community by providing at-risk youth with positive skills that will help them to become self-sufficient, productive and positive citizens.”


“I have been working with Chevron since joining the city council and they have really stepped up in providing $100,000 in funding for such an important program,” said Richmond City Councilmember Corky Booze. “Since my election last November, I’ve made local job creation and crime prevention a priority. It is programs like Richmond YouthBUILD that best prepare our young people to enter the workforce with the skills and training necessary to be successful. I’m delighted to know that Chevron is equally focused on addressing these issues. As a businessman, I know the power of employment. It gives you confidence in your abilities, and it teaches you to make the right choices in life. I couldn’t be more proud that this city and its businesses are working together to help Richmond youth achieve their professional goals.”


RichmondWORKS is the City of Richmond’s One Stop Career Center and provides Richmond residents with employment and training services. Job seekers have access to a computer lab, workshops on resume preparation and job searching and career counseling assistance. In addition, RichmondWORKS provides staffing assistance to local companies to help them recruit and pre-screen qualified job applicants.


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