Americus, Ga. - June, 26 2001 - Youth, ages 16 -18 from around the country are breaking down stereotypes while raising walls building homes with Habitat for Humanity International's Summer Youth Blitz 2001. These youth will help construct new homes with other volunteers, local churches and partner families. They will be working side-by-side with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates June 16-29 in Greenville, NC, July 7-20 in Anniston, Ala., and August 3–18 in Cluj, Romania.
In addition to volunteering their time and energy to build houses, these youth are given the opportunity to work together with future homeowners, build partnerships with volunteers and experience new communities. Through this program, the young volunteers gain a greater awareness of the need for decent affordable housing.
"It was a lot of fun, learning and being open minded, but focused on our goal," said Richard John, Summer Youth Blitz 2000 participant. "I learned that with teamwork you can accomplish almost anything and members of Habitat are a family - one big, loving, and caring family."
Summer Youth Blitz Program is a unique Habitat service experience for economically advantaged and disadvantaged youth from various areas of the country. In its eighth year, this program is coordinated by the Campus Chapters Youth Programs department of Habitat for Humanity International.
The program enables young people to gain an understanding of the importance of community service, to develop an appreciation of diversity and become better educated by deepening their cross-cultural awareness. Through hands-on construction, young people have a common, non-threatening ground for establishing individual relationships and team building as they work together towards eliminating poverty housing from the world.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.