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United Way's YouthBuild “Gives a Lift" for North Bellport's National Night Out

Students of United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild initiative joined families of the Bellport community along with Congressman Timothy Bishop, New York Assemblyman Dean Murray, Island Outreach Foundation and community-based organizations including BHEP Alliance, to kick off the YouthBuild East program and celebrate National Night Out. As part of a national movement that includes more than 15,325 communities, the event aimed to generate support for anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to the community that North Bellport is a neighborhood that cares about the well-being of its youth and residents.

"I am a strong supporter of federal programs to fight crime and improve quality of life in our community, and I am proud to participate in National Night Out. National Night Out is not just one night of the year, but the culmination of year-long crime prevention activity in neighborhoods: people working together in block and apartment clubs and other networks to prevent and address crime and other neighborhood problems,” said Congressman Tim Bishop.Bellport Photo

“At YouthBuild, we are very grateful to be associated with North Bellport’s National Night Out,” said Craig Fligstein, Vice President for Community Impact at United Way of Long Island. “A recent grant made by the Island Outreach Foundation has provided the resources for United Way to develop a YouthBuild East program in North Bellport. The grant will allow more young adults from the community to transform their lives and their neighborhoods as they receive green-building training along with GED instruction that will not only lead them to a future career, but also create energy efficient housing for families thereby reducing their utility costs.”

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. At YouthBuild, low-income young people, ages 18 to 24, work towards their GEDs while learning green-industry job skills by building affordable Green housing for low- to moderate-income people, and participating in leadership development activities in their communities. For more information, visit

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Photo ID: Craig Fligstein, United Way of Long Island; Melanie Toney & James Bryant, YouthBuild Long Island students; Donna Horoski & Jason Fraser (back), YouthBuild Long Island; Alex Medina, YouthBuild USA; Congressman Tim Bishop; Elizabeth Morgan, YouthBuild Long Island