Future Builders is a comprehensive program serving a wide range of community needs. It includes an education partnership with area high schools and colleges; an affordable, low impact housing development; and a Charitable Organization to provide grants and scholarships for continuing education.
The education partnership introduces high school and college students to all aspects of the building industry. It emphasizes key academic, trade and personal skills for career and life success. Its goals are to:
Instill essential motivation and work ethics.
Develop a continuous skilled labor force in the community.
Provide mentoring opportunities within the building industry.
Promote building industry careers that provide quality family-wage jobs.
In 2007, the NPBA partnered with the City of Port Angeles and the Conservation District to develop the first Low Impact Development in Port Angeles. Each year, the Future Builders Class constructs a new home on one of the 18 lots created by that partnership. Students work side by side with skilled professionals to learn and practice every phase of construction, from site design to finish work.
When each home is sold, one-third of the proceeds go toward scholarships, one-third toward grants and another third supports construction of the next home. The program operates successfully because of volunteer labor, services and materials donated by NPBA members and the community at large. This school year marks the 10th Anniversary and 10th home built by the Future Builders Program.
The Future Builders Charitable Organization provides scholarships to first-time and continuing education students pursuing careers in the residential and commercial building industry. Students may be enrolled in trade or technical schools, skills centers or college. The organization also provides grants to education partners for needed equipment, tools and supplies to support Future Builder programs. To date, the Future Builders Charitable Organization has distributed more than $180,000 in grants and scholarships. The NPBA Future Builders Charitable Organization is governed by a separate Board of Directors that oversee the distribution of grants and scholarships.