Saint-Gobain and YouthBuild USA Extend National Partnership to Help Rebuild Communities and Lives of Students

  Saint-Gobain and YouthBuild USA Extend National Partnership to Help Rebuild
  Communities and Lives of Students

    --The partnership, in its fourth year, will continue to teach the next
            generation how to build responsibly and sustainably--

Business Wire

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. -- January 16, 2014

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies,
announces today it has extended its national partnership with YouthBuild USA
via a one-year $200,000 grant, which will continue to support YouthBuild’s
Green Initiative and YouthBuild programs in four communities where
Saint-Gobain has business concentrations, including: Worcester, Mass.,
Schenectady, N.Y., Akron, Ohio, and Philadelphia, Pa. This will be the fourth
year of the partnership between Saint-Gobain and YouthBuild USA, with funding
from the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation and support from the Saint-Gobain
family of companies in the form of products, employee volunteerism and
technical expertise. The partnership supports the youth development program’s
national green building and job training program that provides former
out-of-school youth the opportunity to build energy-efficient homes in their
neighborhoods while earning their GEDs or high school diplomas.

The partnership with Saint-Gobain is a first of its kind for the YouthBuild
programs and YouthBuild USA nationally. “For the first time in YouthBuild’s
35-year history, we have a partner that not only shares our passion for green
building and our students’ professional development, but also has the ability
to donate a breadth of energy-efficient building products and technical
expertise from their most knowledgeable building scientists,” said Dorothy
Stoneman, Founder and CEO of YouthBuild USA. “We are excited to see the lives
and communities we can impact together with Saint-Gobain’s commitment for
another year.”

Each of the four YouthBuild programs that are part of the partnership with
Saint-Gobain will receive a portion of the $200,000 in the form of
pass-through grants over the course of 2014. The extended partnership will
make it possible for:

  *YouthBuild Philadelphia to complete two more projects that are already
    underway at 2006 and 2007 Wingohocking Street in Philadelphia’s Nicetown
    neighborhood;
  *YouthBuild Schenectady to identify and complete another project;
  *YouthBuild Worcester to identify and complete another project;
  *YouthBuild Akron to identify and complete another project; and lastly
  *Support to aid in the development of a “Scientists in the Classroom” pilot
    program to leverage Saint-Gobain scientists and engineers to expose young
    people to curriculum and careers in the STEM fields of science,
    technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Three years ago, Saint-Gobain entered into this partnership with YouthBuild
because we saw an opportunity to share our nearly 350 years of building and
construction expertise with students and help transform their lives and their
neighborhoods. However, we had the student/teacher relationship all wrong,”
said John Crowe, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed. “Over the
course of hundreds of volunteer hours, the experience has changed the lives of
hundreds of employees who have donated their time to work alongside YouthBuild
students. The students have taught our employees lessons in drive, tenacity
and heart, and it is a great privilege and honor to continue supporting these
students through the YouthBuild program in years to come.”

Since December 2010, the partnership has supported green home renovation
projects in four communities. In addition to the $500,000 in pass-through
grants already donated, each program has received donated building products
from eight different Saint-Gobain businesses, including its building materials
subsidiary and primary in-kind donator CertainTeed, which have helped
YouthBuild to achieve energy-efficiency, sustainability and affordability
goals, enhance indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of each home and ensure
projects are both sustainable and aesthetic. Additionally, Saint-Gobain
employees have participated in special educational events, known as design
charrettes, to ensure the students have the knowledge to build the most
sustainable project possible. Through the partnership, to date, Saint-Gobain
and YouthBuild have completed three homes that were sold to
low-to-moderate-income families – two of which attained LEED^® Platinum
certification, the highest level of sustainable building certification, and a
third is just months away from attaining this prestigious certification.

About the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation

The Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation is committed to putting the power of
its people and its products into the communities in which its employees live
and work. The Foundation believes Saint-Gobain can do well by doing good – and
supporting non-profits that share a commitment to community development,
energy conservation and environmental stewardship is central to that belief.
Programs such as YouthBuild that engage youth and communities in green
building and renovation align closely with Saint-Gobain’s mission to help
professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable,
healthy, cost-efficient and durable buildings. Through the Foundation’s
support, Saint-Gobain is helping educate future generations about sustainable
building and environmental preservation through its own example. For more
information about Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation’s partnership with
YouthBuild USA, please visit
http://www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com/people/YouthBuild.asp.

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has its North
American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in
sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help
professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable,
healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than
265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the
United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9
billion in 2012.

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012 and 2013
ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for
outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy
efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit
www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with the company on Facebook and
Twitter.

About YouthBuild and YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously
addresses core issues facing low-income communities—housing, education,
employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild
programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high
school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable, increasingly
green housing in their communities and preparing for postsecondary success.
Emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the
creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to each
other’s success.

YouthBuild programs are sponsored by local community- and faith-based
organizations and public entities that raise funds from a variety of sources.
Primary funding for local YouthBuild programs comes from the US Department of
Labor under the federal YouthBuild program, authorized under the Workforce
Investment Act and administered by the Employment and Training Administration.
There are now 264 YouthBuild programs in 46 states, Washington, and the Virgin
Islands. Since 1994, 120,000 YouthBuild students have built 22,000 affordable
units, increasing green housing nationwide. YouthBuild is now being replicated
by NGOs and governments in Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti,
Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Serbia, and South
Africa.

YouthBuild USA is an international nonprofit organization that works to
unleash the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their
communities and their lives. YouthBuild USA leads the international YouthBuild
movement and contributes to the broader youth and community development fields
in order to diminish poverty in the United States and internationally. The US
Department of Labor contracts with YouthBuild USA to provide training and
technical assistance to its YouthBuild grantees. For more information, visit
www.youthbuild.org.

Contact:

Saint-Gobain in North America:
Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
610-341-7031 (office)
484-919-2103 (mobile)
dina.pokedoff@saint-gobain.com
or
Brownstein Group for Saint-Gobain in North America:
Nicole Gainer
267-238-4147 (office)
856-266-1707 (mobile)
ngainer@brownsteingroup.com
 
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