Youth Builders #NailIt One School Day At A Time!

Throughout the Month of March Habitat Chesapeake is celebrating Youth Build Month and sharing the power of every Habitat hand - no matter the age. From elementary through high school and beyond, every individual can help build homes, communities and hope, and most times it doesn't even involve picking up a power tool! Check out how some local high schools continue to help us make the dreams of deserving families come true throughout the school year!

Broadneck Habitat for Humanity

For the past 13 years, the Broadneck High School Habitat for Humanity chapter has evolved  to become one of the most unique, influential and popular clubs. Broadneck has an extensive application process each year because of the overwhelming interest they receive from all of the rising seniors. This year, they plan to take their building skills on their mission trip to Jacksonville, Florida! In the last 13 years through dedication and hard work they have raised $17,574 for Habitat Chesapeake. They plan to continue with the club for years to come helping to provide affordable housing for families in areas of need all across the United States.  

Garrison Forest Habitat for Humanity

For the past three years, Garrison Forest students and chaperones have enjoyed participating in 2-3 build days. Students have also helped at the Habitat Re-Store in Timonium and with the Wegman’s fundraiser. Garrison Forest Faculty members worked on teams to help complete 8 homes in the Sandtown neighborhood and they are excited that faculty and students can be active in the organization. Since the start of their club, Garrison Forest has raised $19,083 for Habitat for Humanity of the CHesapeake.

Howard High School Habitat for Humanity Club poses for a group picture after their monthly meeting.

Howard High Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity Club at Howard High School is a brand new program, with 30 members. It was started by Elisa Colbert and Gaby Hill, who are co-presidents of the club, and juniors at Howard High School. Justine Hurst, Lance Weiner, Lekha Gullapalli, and Naomi Smith also hold positions in the Habitat for Humanity Club, helping the presidents to organize opportunities for their club members. So far this year, the Habitat for Humanity Club has volunteered at the Columbia ReStore, and signed up to participate in Youth Build on March 24th. They are also planning on participating in the collegiate challenge for one week over the summer and plan on hosting many fundraisers to raise money to support Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.

The Friends School Habitat for Humanity

The Friends School Habitat for Humanity Club has been around since 2005. They started in with a Spring Break trip to Aniston, Alabama to help the Calhoun County affiliate and they’ve been active ever since. They have done numerous did Spring Break trips from 2005-2011but also built in Baltimore on Jefferson Street, Ward Street, and McCabe-Woodbourne. In the past Friends has held fundraisers involving concerts, selling concessions at school plays, raking leaves in return for donations to HFHC, and tasting dinners at Wegmans of Hunt Valley, among others. They try to build at least twice a year and also several of students have volunteered at various ReStores.


If you know of a school or program interested in starting a Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake club please contact Diana Kean at for more information.