New Education, Training And Employment Program Coming To Century

January 20, 2019

A new program is headed to Century with a goal to educate, train and employ.

Youth Build is designed for people who face challenges finding a job. They will help young adults get their GED, train them, and get them ready for the workforce.

“Whatever caused them to be displaced, we have so many transients here in Pensacola who are not able to find employment due to misdemeanors or felony records, or just due to the fact that they don’t have the proper education,” said Shirley Stone of the Shepherd’s Place Foundation.  “We just want to be able to offer them this type of career.”

“What we primarily like to do is to place them in positions of skilled trade, but there are a number of different programs that they have to go through,” said  Gary Loster, president of Youth Build. “Working with unions, and communities, and churches and not for profit organizations is the idea behind Youth Build and Youth Development Corporation.”

The Youth Build Corporation is based in Michigan, but will be bringing the program to Century. It will open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age. The nonprofit program will partner with the Shepherd’s Place Foundation. They offer housing and transportation services for financially strapped students.

The plans were announced Saturday at Lee Square in downtown Pensacola. Leaders hope to have the training facility open by April 2019.

Complete details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Pictured top: Shirley Stone of the Shepherd’s Place Foundation with Century Mayor Henry Hawkins. Pictured below: Plans for the program were announced Saturday at Lee Square in downtown Pensacola. Images courtesy WEAR 3 for, click to enlarge.


13 Responses to “New Education, Training And Employment Program Coming To Century”

  1. Duke of Wawbeek on January 22nd, 2019 2:28 pm

    Optimism; you can buy it by the pound, expensive and it’s shelf life is short.

    I wish Century well as it cycles through this process.

  2. Gman on January 22nd, 2019 5:57 am

    We shall see how long it takes for the cash cow to dry up and the Mayor to start his spin on why.

  3. chris on January 21st, 2019 2:29 pm

    ” bringing something to help the community in the long run!” well, let’s see:
    video cameras – not here yet
    new businesses – not here yet
    airline tickets – purchased
    new business owners whom tickets were bought for – not here yet
    incompetence – present
    poor records keeping – present
    bight and urban decay – present
    any questions?

  4. SHAY on January 21st, 2019 2:16 pm


    Century isn’t and won’t grow because of its current leadership. Programs like this are only as good as the community they serve. My guess is that you will not find many people wanting to take advantage of this program.

  5. bama on January 21st, 2019 6:41 am

    @ Just sad,
    It’s not hatred and small minds in Century that is causing the problem, its incompetence within the leadership.

  6. Wondering on January 21st, 2019 3:37 am

    Wondering what exactly the Mayor did to bring them to Century?

    Did we ever figure out who got free airline tickets?

    Just wondering.

  7. JustSad on January 20th, 2019 6:16 pm

    No matter what the mayor do for Century it will never be good enough in some of your small minds! Century will never grow due to all the hatred and small minds! A simple great for Century would have been nice! Especially being that it is one of the poorest towns in the USA! The age group that this program will be helping is just what Century needs! They are your future in Century,Fl! I don’t live in Century but I would like to thank mayor Hawkins for bringing something to help the community in the long run!

  8. Bewildered on January 20th, 2019 1:56 pm

    Gave me a good laugh this morning. Shows they did not read north in Michigan before they chose who would spearhead this new program.

  9. Bob on January 20th, 2019 11:37 am

    Will this program require Century to buy video cameras?

  10. Johnnie B on January 20th, 2019 8:18 am

    They need to spin the priority and provide education and training to the Mayor and his city council. Their daily incompetence is hardly ideal as being a mentor for a program. The training picture tells me, “Join the Navy and leave this forsaken place”.

  11. tg on January 20th, 2019 8:11 am

    First course has to be How to Run A City.

  12. fred on January 20th, 2019 7:46 am

    Good Luck. It’ll be interesting to see how many of those holding “need work” signs would actually do some work.

  13. James on January 20th, 2019 6:23 am

    If there are so many transients who require this in Pensacola then why is the program coming to Century rather than Pensacola? Is Century now the county’s new transient caretaker?

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