LOUISVILLE, Ky. ( MainStreet) -- It was a peculiar year for YouthBuild Louisville. Just as the aid program for jobless and undereducated young adults struggled to fulfill its role amid seemingly immutable unemployment figures, SCORE named it the Outstanding Nonprofit Organization.The category was added this year, making YouthBuild Louisville the first recipient. The nonprofit program is part of a national organization. More than 273 programs have been created in cities across the U.S. under YouthBuild USA. The first program was started in 1978 in Harlem, N.Y.
What does this award mean to you?Rippy: We are absolutely thrilled and completely honored that they would consider us worthy of this award. I feel like for the folks I work with and young people we serve it's incredibly important in this country's history that there is a program that really serves the young people who are struggling the most. There are a young people in this country who are truly struggling, and we've got to have programs that move them forward in life. We see it as an opportunity to shine a light on the needs of young people. What's the biggest business lesson you've learned? Rippy: I think probably being able to pull as many as resources together as possible that we can't do alone -- it takes the entire community, in partnership with high-quality services, to support needy kids. It's realizing we need other folks and resources in the community. What has been the toughest part of the past year? Rippy: Job placement
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