[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/17/art.getty.michelle.youthbui.jpg caption=" Michelle Obama met with members of YouthBuild Tuesday on the National Mall in Washington, DC."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Michelle Obama lent a hand Tuesday, pitching in to help build an affordable, energy-efficient home on the National Mall in Washington.
The first lady participated in an event marking the 30th anniversary of YouthBuild, a non-profit community development program that teaches low-income youth housing construction skills while they work toward their GED or high school diploma.
“Thirty years of anything is an amazing feat, but walking through these displays and talking to some of the most intelligent, focused, knowledgeable young people, that makes me proud - it should make this country proud,” the first lady said at Tuesday's event.
Mrs. Obama praised YouthBuild's community service effort and delivered a message to the program's participants: they can rebuild their lives and help others in the process.
"Its your core principle that I am so impressed with, providing opportunities for amazing young people,” she said as the crowd cheered. “Giving folks a second and third and fourth, chance particularly to low-income youth, sometimes we overlook them."
Mrs. Obama, who previously worked as a community-organizer in Chicago, worked to construct a three bedroom home for a single mother whose Texas residence was damaged by Hurricane Dolly.