As part of the Trails Challenge, on June 2, 2008, Don Hoffses led 7 students and 3 teaching staff from YouthBuild in Fall River in work on a section of the Massasoit Trail at Freetown State Forest in Freetown Mass. The group cleared out a heavily overgrown section of the popular trail. The overgrown section was caused by the destruction of the canopy of oak trees by the Tent Caterpillar the last four years at Freetown. This destruction has allowed the understory to receive more sun and grow at a faster rate. The group from YouthBuild is planning on returning to work again on this project.
YouthBuild Fall River is a full-time construction skills training program for young men and women (ages 16-24), who have not completed high school. Young people spend half their time learning construction skills by repairing and constructing new housing for low-income and homeless families. The other half of their time, students focus on GED preparation, academic subjects, life skills training, community service and preparing for "life after YouthBuild." The entire program is 10 months.
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