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As the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB),
HBI’s mission is to serve the workforce development needs of NAHB, its members and the
Working through and with state and local HBAs, HBI seeks to advance and enrich the education, training and placement of men and women in careers serving the workforce needs of the residential building industry.
HBI’s mission is guided by a commitment to excellence embodied in a set of core values:
Leadership: We will act with integrity and treat all people with respect and dignity while serving as a role model for excellence and assuming accountability for results.
Service and Delivery: We will strive for excellence in customer service by effectively thinking and acting in support of internal and external customers and delivering courteous and timely responses to requests.
Teamwork and Collaboration: We will support each other and promote collaboration with our peers, subordinates and supervisors to accomplish organizational goals.
Professional Growth and Development: We will seek new and innovative ways perform our jobs.
Communications: We will promote an environment of open communication and sharing of information and ideas.
Commitment to Quality: We will encourage excellence in all activities by adhering to high performance standards.
Resourcefulness: We will use human capital and financial and material resources wisely, always taking into consideration the impact of our actions.
Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) seeks experienced workers from the home building industry to volunteer as mentors for youth in 28 cities in 11 southern states.
HBI’s Construction-Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment (C-CORE) program matches teens ages 16-18 with adult mentors from any facet of the home building industry who encourage them to consider careers in home building and coach them toward success.
Mentors are paired with a group of three youths and they work alongside each other on local industry-focused community service projects that promote leadership development, community attachment and relationship building. Although the time commitment is usually only one or two hours per week, mentors get something out of the experience too. Studies show their sense of intrinsic personal and professional satisfaction increases, and they enhance their leadership, teaching and training skills through the experience.
HBI C-CORE provides volunteer mentors with training that explains their roles and responsibilities, gives them insight into how to build their mentoring relationships, and builds their skills in effective communication and problem-solving. Continued advice and resources are available after the initial training. Because building a trusting relationship between a mentor and a young person takes time, HBI C-CORE asks mentors to commit a minimum of one year to the program.
In addition to individual mentors, HBI also is seeking businesses to participate in corporate mentoring programs through C-CORE.
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