Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge will kick off the 11th Annual Albemarle Youth Build Saturday with a Blessing of the Build at 8 a.m. Building will continue on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the dedication on Sunday, April 9. The home will be built at 2360 Barber Street, Baton Rouge 70808. 

The Albemarle Youth Build is sponsored by the Albemarle Foundation, a longtime Habitat partner and sponsor of the past 10 Youth Builds. Students and teachers from three area high schools will build the home alongside volunteers from Albemarle and future homeowner Adrianne Jackson, a mother of three.  

Catholic High, St. Joseph’s Academy and Episcopal High have partnered with Habitat on the Youth Build since 2001. The students are involved in almost every aspect of construction, gaining valuable skills, and also learning first-hand that regardless of race and socio-economic level, each person aspires to and deserves a decent place to live and raise a family.   

 “The Albemarle Youth Build is a great example of how partnerships between different groups within our community can have very positive results,” said Lynn Clark, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity. “The partnering of a great company like Albemarle with students and teachers from three area high schools has resulted in a deserving family building and purchasing a new home. The adults and students were able to learn new skills while breaking down the barriers of age, socio-economic status, and race that often divide us. Albemarle’s commitment to building our community is a model that all companies can follow.”