Habitat for Humanity's 'Youth Build' program helps teens learn responsibility, community values

Teens learn several community-building skills

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A local family will step into the home of their dreams and it's all thanks to Habitat for Humanity and a very special group of volunteers.

"Knowing like, 'Wow! We did all of this from the ground up. It went basically from a pile of wood to something someone could actually live in," said Santos Villa, a teen with Habitat for Humanity's Youth Build program.

Villa is just one of a dozen teens in the program. In the last year, he's learned everything from flooring to roofing a home that will be given to a couple who needs it most. But with every piece of wood, comes a lesson for these youngsters. 

"They know to put sweat for a few smashed nails... a little scrapes a long the way, but they know they accomplished something," said Arthur Sexton, a construction supervisor with Habitat for Humanity. 

The teens have learned responsibility and team work, but most importantly, what's it's like to give back.

"It actually makes me feel really good because I've actually came from a place like that, where we could afford a house," said Villa. "So it makes me feel really good that I could actually do that for somebody else." 

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