Jack of all trades!

For twenty years, Homes by Avi has helped the students at Jack James High School raise the roof — literally.

Every year, construction for a new home begins at Jack James High School, in support of experiential learning. Students work alongside Avi staff and help build a new house, all while gaining insight into trades and developing an understanding of the home building industry.  And when the work is done, bright futures and valuable job skills emerge.

On November 20th, we got to celebrate with the students at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this year’s accomplishment — a stunning home located in the northeast community of Savanna.

“We’re so proud to have this partnership, which has been going since 1998. It’s a tradition now,” Avi Amir, founder and chairman of Homes by Avi told the students. “We appreciate the fact that you’ve chosen our industry to start your career. Be proud of what you’re doing, of what you’ve built with your own hands.”

With the profit from the sale of the home being returned into the program to fund future years, Homes by Avi looks forward to the endless opportunities this partnership creates.

Reflecting on what motivated her to take part, high school student Jordyn LaPierre tells us, “I started building little things, and then I heard I could be part of building a house.” With her dad as her inspiration and an eagle eye for detail, she’s played an important role in the Jack James build. Fellow students, Chase Rennie and Leon Murray,  add that their favourite part was to build something with their hands and see the project develop.

To learn more about Jack James and other school mentorship programs, click here.