YouthBuild USA, Inc. recently announced the appointment of John B. Valverde as its Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Valverde will lead an international nonprofit organization that has grown a global network of YouthBuild programs enabling out-of-school, unemployed young people to reclaim their educations, gain the skills they need for employment and become leaders in their communities.
The selection of Valverde by the organization's Board of Directors, which includes the Forum's Karen Pittman, followed a national search to find a successor to YouthBuild founder and CEO Dorothy Stoneman. Stoneman built YouthBuild from the ground up, starting as a single experimental program in East Harlem in 1978. In 1984, she orchestrated its expansion citywide in New York, in 1988 took it national, in 1992 succeeded in the creation of a federally-funded YouthBuild program, and in 2000 began its international expansion, starting in South Africa.
"This day is so special for all of us. Dorothy is the founder of the movement that really set the standard for the expectations and supports for opportunities for young people, which has since evolved into the national commitment to Opportunity Youth. And now John, who thrived through these supports, is stepping in as CEO. I couldn't be more pleased for YouthBuild and excited for the movement," said Karen Pittman.
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