Helena's Youthbuild career training program recruiting for next session

Mariah Thomas

Allejandra Parra, a 17-year-old student, just finished the Career Training Institute’s Youthbuild program in May. 

“It was the best program ever,” Parra said. “It’s the teachers and the case managers – they’re super cool. And I reconnected with friends from middle school, and it gave us the construction experience most individuals don’t have in their high school years.”

Students from Career Training Institute’s Youthbuild program helped to build four houses in 10 days last year. 

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Newman

Her favorite memory of her seven-month stint with Youthbuild was participating in Habitat for Humanity’s “Blitz Build,” where students helped to build four houses in 10 days.

But it wasn’t long ago, according to Parra, that she was struggling with online school during COVID-19. Now, she’s working at the snack bar in a Helena bowling alley and gearing up to finish her general education requirements for college. She’s not sure whether she wants to do those at Helena College or at Great Falls College, but she knows she wants to become a radiologist. 

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