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On May 8, 2019, NOMAR's President LaTanya LaBranch, President-elect Amanda Hanemann, CEO Missy Whittington and Senior Vice President & Governmental Affairs Relations Kelli Walker Starrett attended unCommon Construction Spring Ceremony to present $1,000 check to put them at their Give NOLA Day goal of $25,000.

On a warm Wednesday afternoon in May, NOMAR's President LaTanya LaBranch, CEO Missy Whittington, and Marketing & Communications Director Julie LaBerge attended an awards and recognition ceremony for UnCommon Construction at a house designed and built by local area high school students. These students, or apprentices as they are more appropriately called, received their awards, promotions and Equity Scholarships from unCommon Construction, the nonprofit that makes it possible for students to get hands on learning and team building, while building anywhere from 1 to 3 houses in a year. The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® is honored to support unCommon Construction again this year. Our contribution put them over the top in reaching their Give NOLA Day goal of $25,000 and NOMAR was there to celebrate the success of all their apprentices.

UnCommon Construction (UCC) is a non-profit in which youth from different high schools apply to join a diverse team to earn hourly pay and school internship credit for building a house in a semester. With the revenue from each project, apprentices also earn a matching "Equity Award Scholarship" for further education, industry certifications or the tools needed for long-term employment. Through more than 100 hours each semester, apprentices develop career awareness and exposure, technical, soft skills, and leadership abilities through a work-based learning experience in a real-world classroom.

unCommon Construction's Apprenticeship Program is built through support & partnership from across the industry, the New Orleans community, and beyond. Contributions from UCC Sponsors help them pay for...Tools, Labor & Materials, Curriculum & Space, Insurance Policies and Transportation.

UCC NOLA typically rehabs or builds more than one house in a neighborhood, which is usually facing issues of blight and neglect. "One house is just fixing something, but two or three houses, that's starting something," one of the apprentice's told us. The idea is that more than one house being rehabbed or rebuilt helps spur along owners and residents to take control of the quality of their neighborhood and invest in beautifying where they live.

To donate to this awesome youth program click here https://www.uncommonconstruction.org/donate


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