Building In Youth . . .  for future generations

Mentoring youth to build Godly character through construction training.
WANTED:  Mentors, willing to share their construction skills and knowledge with the next generation! 

In Youth exists to provide construction education and mentoring with a strong emphasis on safety training.  The vision for this ministry is to tangibly invest in the next generation.

Designing a program to bring out students’ potential and a way to build self-esteem represents part of that investment.  The social and economic challenges facing youth today are greatly impacting their hope for the future.  Students need a compelling reason to do their best while in school.

The first goal is to establish multiple pathways for youth to connect to living-wage careers. …to heighten a student’s understanding of career opportunities, and how classroom learning relates to the world of work. 
-  High Skills, High Wages Sept 2012Washington State's Workforce & Education Training Board

In Youth is committed to encourage students to graduate. Emphasizing the importance of integrity, craftsmanship and hard work gives them a goal they can reach for.

Skilled mentors, willing to share their construction knowledge and experience, can help provide a pathway to success for students.  Through solid hands-on training with project-based learning, students discover abilities and natural talents which build self-confidence.  
Years ago, Jim & Jean Hodges had a dream to train youth with construction skills. The founders of Construction Workers Christian Fellowship, (better known as Hard Hats for Christ) dealt mainly with construction supervision of skilled volunteer labor to assist other non-profit ministries.  

It took many years longer than they expected for their dream to be realized, but God was working in the lives of a Seattle couple who 'thought' they were moving to Longview, Washington for a simpler life.

The details unfolded in 2011 with Phil and Lucy Hayes in the office of Hard Hats' president, Dave Williamson.  He shared the dream with them and within the year that dream took shape.  Phil and Lucy took a big step of faith into becoming faith-supported missionaries.  Building
In Youth would prayerfully become a bridge between generations.

This call to mentors from the older generation will hopefully awaken an urgency and a desire to impart their knowledge, wisdom, values, and skills to the younger generation. 

Students of Distinction!
  Matt and Catherine joined Building
 In Youth on light construction projects at three different camps last summer. These two students, brother and sister, were great examples of willingness to learn and wholeheartedly applied themselves to everything they did. 

   Matt attended a three-week summer camp at Northwest College of Construction in Portland and volunteered to build handicap ramps with another local ministry, Love Inc.

   Currently, he is attending Lower Columbia College’s welding class and wants to pursue employment in construction. Catherine spent the summer at a camp on the Oregon coast working with kids.

 Building In Youth was privileged teach new skills to such hard-working, enthusiastic students and will keep in contact with them.

One generation shall praise Thy works to another, and shall declare Thy mighty acts. 
Psalm 145:4

Adventure  awaits! 

  • Mentor Adventure connects you with short-term projects and youth ready to learn.
  • Share your valuable experience and pass along your faith while working to bless others
  • If you have a desire to use your gifts and talents for God, join us as we work together to build His Kingdom into the next generation.

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Hard Hats for Christ is an international mission organization providing construction assistance to Christian ministries.  We can use your talents!

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