About YouthBuild

In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work full-time for 6 to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. 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 may earn AmeriCorps education awards through their homebuilding and other community service. At exit, they are placed in college, jobs, or both. 


Today, there are 273 YouthBuild programs in 46 states, Washington, DC., and the Virgin Islands engaging approximately 10,000 young adults per year. 

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Taking to the Streets: Celebrating in LA for National YouthBuild Day

"Behind program representatives holding shields that spelled ‘YOUTHBUILD’ we proceeded to the steps of Los Angeles City Hall. Everyone chanted, cars honked, and bystanders cheered."