YouthBuild participants first to begin changes to Muhammad Ali's childhood home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee for the YouthBuild team, the summer heat did not hinder their champion work ethic.

YouthBuild's SummerWorks participants was the first group selected to begin demolition on the childhood home of a Louisville legend.

Having this opportunity had YouthBuild's young workers very excited to get their hands on the Parkland neighborhood's historic property, including participant Rafer Williams.

"We took apart some of the outer layer of Muhammad Ali's old house and we might hopefully plan to build inside the house and hopefully uncover some treasures from his childhood," Williams said.

Louisville's YouthBuild helps people ages 16 to 24 obtain certifications in fields like architecture, carpentry, construction, and other hands on trades.

"I want to be an architect when I grow up, I want to build my house, I want to build my mom's house and my grandma's house," Williams said.

The property owner George Bochetto says eventually The Champ's childhood home and house next door will be turned into a museum.

The unique summer jobs YouthBuild provides for these young men help gear their skills in the right direction, laying the foundation for future careers.

At 16 years old, this YouthBuild participant is already making strides toward his future.

"I have residential wiring which is basically wiring the house, carpentry certifications and OSHA," Gemehr Murphy said.

Murphy added, "It's got me doing what I want to do in summer, keep yourself out of trouble and don't hang with the negative people."

Williams also feels a step ahead through the experiences he has gained through YouthBuild.

"I was talking to my friend the other day and I was like, I have a step ahead of you in doing what we both want to do growing up, be architects. I was like, I'm going to have my training now even if you graduate before me," Williams said.

The home where "The Greatest" grew up, who many say flourished into one of the most renowned athletes in the World.

For these young workers, the real tools can't fit into a toolbox.

The tools they are learning now through YouthBuild will last a lifetime.

To learn more about this program, visit YouthBuildLouisville.org.


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