Compton YouthBuild and Solar Gard to Lift Low-Income Community Students Up with Skills Experience, Sense of Leadership and Community Service

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LOS ANGELES (February 20, 2017)Solar Gard, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain and the global leader in advanced film technologies for solar control and paint protection across the automotive, commercial and residential industries, is teaming up with Compton YouthBuild, an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, to work alongside students to install Solar Gard protective film on windows at Compton YouthBuild to improve students’ learning experience., located at 477 East Compton Blvd, Compton, CA 90221on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

This project is being completed under the national partnership between Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation and YouthBuild USA in support of the youth development program’s national green building and job training program. The Green Initiative program provides former out-of-school, low-income youth the opportunity to make energy-efficient improvements in their community while earning their GEDs or high school diplomas.

  • Solar Gard’s work with Compton YouthBuild will offer students opportunity to learn valuable work, team and leadership skills, while the company makes a significant contribution to the community through protective films that protect students from UV rays and increase security through world-class intrusion resistance.

“Solar Gard’s mission is to improve daily life through comfort and protection – whether it’s in someone’s vehicle, home or school,” said Kendall Combs, global marketing director for Solar Gard. “Teaming up with Compton YouthBuild has given us the opportunity to not only make a real impact in the neighborhood by helping to enhance a school in need, but also to provide hands-on experience and a sense of responsibility to motivate and lift up students who come from underprivileged neighborhoods. Our hope is that the students become engaged and inspired to better themselves and their communities to create a brighter future.”

YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities—housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their high school diploma or its equivalent while learning job skills by building affordable, increasingly green housing and other community assets, and preparing for postsecondary success. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to each other’s success. Students who graduate from the Compton YouthBuild program become self-sufficient, responsible and productive citizens in their community and stewards of the environment.

  • Solar Gard’s support of Compton YouthBuild helps to fill a gap by providing in-demand job skills, training and motivation for young people without diplomas. Students will be exposed to world-class technology and a major multinational corporation – with Solar Gard being a brand of global glass and building technology pioneer, Saint-Gobain.

For more information or to join the event, please contact Solar Gard’s public relations team at or 951-719-1040.

About Solar Gard:

Solar Gard is a global leader in patent-protected film technologies for sun and surface protection across the automotive, architecture, commercial and residential industries. As the Specialty Film Division of the global glass and building technology icon Saint-Gobain – a company whose 350-year legacy originated with the Hall of Mirrors in Paris’ Palace of Versailles – Solar Gard builds upon decades of work in tackling some of the most extreme architecture and automotive manufacturer challenges to develop unrivaled protective solutions for everyday vehicles and aftermarket builders. The company’s proprietary technology includes virtually invisible films that reject heat from the sun – complemented with innovation in shatter and intrusion resistance for vehicle windows. Topped off with the very best in customized style and tints – Solar Gard’s lineup of products deliver unmatched results in enhancing and protecting vehicle interiors, exteriors and most importantly, passengers inside those vehicles. Follow Solar Gard on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #SolarGard

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, the world leader in sustainable environments, has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people all over the world. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to The Statue of Liberty and The World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek out life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement.

In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a material difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Saint-Gobain has more than 150 locations in North America and approximately 14,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015. Experience our innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.

About Youthbuild Compton

The mission of Compton YouthBuild (CYB) is to provide rigorous educational and vocational opportunities for at-promise people ages 16-24 that are invested in creating a sustainable future for themselves, their families and communities. As an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, Compton YouthBuild is sponsored and operated by EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

About YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild USA leads an international network of 360 local YouthBuild programs in in the USA and 21 countries that help youth transform their own lives while transforming their communities. YouthBuild programs address critical issues facing low-income communities – housing, education, employment, crime prevention and leadership development. In the United States, local YouthBuild programs are sponsored by local community- and faith-based organizations, government agencies, and community colleges. In other countries, YouthBuild programs are sponsored by NGOs, government agencies, international development institutions, and global companies.