Jasmine dropped out of high school and was struggling with addiction when she first came to Heart of Oregon YouthBuild. She remembers waiting nervously for her interview, thinking to herself, “I’m way too small to build a house.” But that’s just what she did. Jasmine thrived at YouthBuild, not only building affordable homes with her peers, but also gaining sobriety, earning a high school diploma, and getting her driver’s license. Thanks to her determination and hard work, these accomplishments only took Jasmine one year.
Connecting with new cohorts at YouthBuild was easy for Jasmine, as she could relate to their experiences and circumstances. As a young person who commuted an hour from Madras each day to attend program, she knew what it took to succeed in YouthBuild. She encouraged youth stay committed and make it through the year. When asked what YouthBuild meant to her, Jasmine passionately replied, “It meant family. They’re going to help you out no matter what.” Jasmine has since taken on a new role working at Bright Wood in Madras.