YouthBuild champions today’s opportunity youth who aspire to improve their lives and communities by building the skills and resources to reach their full potential. Through hundreds of YouthBuild programs in the United States and around the globe, these young people pursue their education, prepare for future careers, and grow into community leaders – building brighter futures for themselves, and their neighborhoods.
80% of YouthBuild enrollees in the U.S. obtain high school equivalency, diplomas, or other recognized credentials
Students learn job skills for construction industries, as well as for other high-demand careers like healthcare, retail, and information technology
290 YouthBuild programs operate in 18 countries
With love and respect, YouthBuild partners with opportunity youth to build the skillsets and mindsets that lead to lifelong learning, livelihood, and leadership.
Within the opportunity youth population — young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor employed — the YouthBuild movement primarily serves young people who lack a high school diploma and financial resources. These young people are in greatest need of our support, and they are our greatest source of untapped potential. Across hundreds of YouthBuild programs in the United States and around the globe, these young people work together to reclaim their education, gain job skills, and become leaders in their communities.
Our work is fully informed by our programs, whose on-the-ground knowledge of serving opportunity youth – and whose feedback about their needs – drives our work.
YouthBuild South Africa Graduate
Stand with YouthBuild students, graduates, and program leaders around the world to make opportunity a reality for all young people.
No two YouthBuild programs are exactly alike. Our programs respond to local community needs, funding, and partnerships. Are you ready to help build brighter futures for the young people supported by YouthBuild programs?
GLOBAL FEATURED PARTNER
Since 1995, Prudential Financial and YouthBuild have partnered to support YouthBuild programs and to connect YouthBuild students to quality livelihood opportunities around the world. Initiatives include hiring partnerships, livelihood coaching provided by Prudential employee volunteers to students and graduates, sponsorship of financial literacy trainings, and generous financial support for YouthBuild USA, YouthBuild International, and YouthBuild programs.