President meets Youth Build students

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Before delivering a speech at Savannah Tech Tuesday morning, the President visited a classroom and spoke with several students enrolled in the city's Youth Build Program which helps at risk youth get back on their feet.

Ten students enrolled in the Savannah Youth Build Program got the chance to show the Obama what they are doing in class.

We caught up with the students at their post-presidential lunch honoring Youth Build at the Hampton Inn just across the street from Savannah Tech where they met with the President an hour before.

Youth Build is a program for 16 to 24-year-olds who have dropped out of school or never attended high school. This program allows them with the help of Savannah Tech and the City of Savannah, get the chance to earn their GED and enroll in a construction program.

President Obama visited with the students who are currently taking a course in air conditioning at Savannah Tech.

"He told us to work hard and stay in the program," said student Anquane Richardson.

"I shook his hand three times," said student William Bell. "I got a couple words in and he asked me what we are doing in the classroom and he said I did a good job."

President Obama also told the students he was proud of them. They say they were really excited to have this opportunity.

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