Dozens of students enrolled in the George Gervin Youth Center Summer Learning Program are spending part of their summer participating in an important project: building a home with Habitat for Humanity.
The 70 students spent Friday putting up walls, nailing beams, and overseeing the construction of the home, located on the city’s Southwest Side.
“We want to make sure we cover all the bases with our young people,” said Tyrone Darden, program coordinator for the George Gervin Youth Center Summer Learning Program. “It's not just about working, it's not just about making money, but also the other things that come with living a healthy life.”
As part of the program, Generations Federal Credit Union is also offering the students financial education classes, teaching them the importance of saving money.
“San Antonio actually has the highest rate of credit card debt of any major city in the United States,” said Ashley Harris, spokeswoman for Generations Federal Credit Union. “So what we want to do is, reach out to these kids at a very pivotal time of their lives, and teach them strong savings skills.”
Students enrolled in the program also receive checking and savings accounts with Generations Federal Credit Union, with 80 percent of their summer paychecks deposited into their checking accounts, and the remainder deposited into their savings.
Aside from volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, students in the programs have also spent time serving Haven for Hope, and the Ronald McDonald House.