April 9, 2013

Students in Biddeford gain new experience: Success

At YouthBuild Biddeford, young people who have struggled get help to earn GEDs and job skills.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Nancy Kopack, director of YouthBuild Biddeford, goes over the daily planning with students and faculty during a circle meeting at the alternative high school for at-risk youth Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

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Russell Brown 16, of YouthBuild Biddeford, paints the interior of YouthBuild Biddeford (formerly Christ Episcopal Church) on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

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He dropped out of high school three years ago after constantly getting in trouble, but wanted to go back to school to provide a better life for himself and his 2-year-old daughter, Sophia.

"I was tired of doing the same thing. I wasn't getting nowhere in a regular high school," he said. "I wanted to believe in myself, so I came here."

Since February, Brochu has learned to better control his anger. He finds he focuses better in a school environment with fewer students.

"It's not so many kids, so my head's not running constantly," he said. "This is a great environment."

Sutton, who along with Brochu was among the first five students in the program, says YouthBuild Biddeford is a positive program that will allow her to pursue her dream of opening a homeless shelter and weekend soup kitchen in Biddeford.

She'd also like to earn a commercial driver's license.

"I have huge dreams and I hope this school will help me succeed," Sutton said.

While Sutton feels the program has already had a positive effect on her, she believes its impact will be felt throughout the city.

"This is what's going to rebuild Biddeford," she said.

 

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Brooke Riddle, 17, of YouthBuild Biddeford, paints the interior of YouthBuild Biddeford on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

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