Great Lakes Community Action Partnership’s Fostoria YouthBuild program welcomes aboard Kevin Lehr as the construction supervisor for the program.
Lehr will supervise YouthBuild participants who will be remodeling residences in Fostoria as part of their training through the program. Fostoria YouthBuild program is open to young adults ages 18-24 who reside in the City of Fostoria. A first cohort of students is planned to begin in December. Those who are interested in applying to be part of the program are encouraged to call 419-324-5909 or visit glcap.org/youthbuild.
For Lehr, the program is a good chance to teach students construction skills that they will be able to use for life.
“I see it as a win,” Lehr said. “I’ve always been interested in the ‘diamond in the rough’ kid. There’s a need for construction training, and this is an opportunity to teach those skills and help youth figure out which direction they want to go.”
Lehr’s background includes work in both construction and in youth pastoring. He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Michigan State University. Lehr then worked in residential and general construction while studying for his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. For 11 years following graduation, Lehr worked in youth ministry for a small church. Although he was officially working as a youth pastor, Lehr’s construction background and experience proved valuable for the church.
“I was always helping someone or remodeling something at the church,” Lehr said.
Following his tenure at the church, Lehr and his family moved to the Dominican Republic, where he worked as group host for Makarios International, a nonprofit Christian organization that operates a school and offers educational, family, and ministerial programming. Lehr also helped develop a facilities plan to add classroom, office, and multi-purpose spaces to the school.
Fostoria YouthBuild is one of many nationwide YouthBuild programs in other communities, and is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant administered by the Area 7 Workforce Development Board and operated by GLCAP.