NEW YORK — The International Exposition Co. (IEC), which produces the AHR Expo, announced $12,525 will be donated to the Youth Action YouthBuild (YAYB) organization in the East Harlem section of New York City.

The donation is funded by entry fees from the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation awards competition. Each year, the AHR Expo donates the fees to nonprofit organizations in cities where the expo is being held. More than $125,000 has been donated, with many organizations using the funds to enhance their HVAC systems. For more than 35 years, YAYB has been dedicated to providing education, training, and leadership opportunities to thousands of low-income young adults while engaging them in the creation of affordable housing. The donation will be used to help upgrade the HVAC systems of the homes YAYB is building or renovating.

Founded on the principle that youth could be a powerful force for good in the neighborhood, the program has been so successful in helping transform the community and break the cycle of poverty that there are now 273 YouthBuild programs in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and 16 countries. Since 1994, more than 100,000 YouthBuild students have built 20,000 units of affordable, increasingly green housing.

“We are delighted that such a worthwhile organization will be able to use this money to improve the lives of deserving individuals, and for its commitment to green construction and smart energy reduction in affordable models,” said Clay Stevens, president of IEC.

Publication date: 1/20/2014 

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