In Honor of Carolyn Hess, Founder of Project REBUILD Inc.
In 1998 Carolyn made a leap of faith and quit her full time job to follow a dream. She was appalled that area high school dropout rates exceeded 50%. Her friend, former Ohio First Lady Hope Taft, suggested Carolyn look at a program in Dayton that was aligned with AmeriCorps and YouthBuild USA. That model focused on those youth who had not found success in standard educational settings. Carolyn hoped it was a model that would help Stark County dropouts and committed to spend a year as an intern at the Dayton organization.
When she returned to Canton Project REBUILD was born. She worked out of her home for a couple of years, slowly building the program to what it is today. The mission of Project REBUILD is to re-engage young people between the ages of 16-24 years old to earn a high school diploma or GED and acquire marketable skills in construction technologies.
Since the beginning, Project REBUILD as a YouthBuild USA Affiliate has focused on “building” the lives of young people and providing them the tools to become successful. In 2010 the “Building a Future” Scholarship Fund was created to provide another tool towards success.
Application are accepted at any time with decisions being made by the following dates:
Announcement being made no later than June 15th for fall sessions.
Announcement being made no later that December 15th for spring sessions.