Incarcerated SC youths get chance to build home

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Friday, Dec. 2, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Youths incarcerated in a South Carolina juvenile facility are getting a chance to show off their carpentry skills.

The Department of Juvenile Justice on Friday is celebrating a project that allows youths at the agency's Columbia facility to help construct the frame for a Habitat for Humanity home.

The youths will work on the frame at DJJ's Columbia facility. At a later date, some youths will be allowed to help with the home's construction at its final location.

The project is called The House that DJJ Built, and organizers say this is the first time the state's incarcerated youths have worked on something like this. State legislators, civic and faith-based leaders, community partners and volunteers are expected to attend the celebration.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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