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Supporting YouthBuild Programs Globally

YouthBuild USA is the nonprofit support center for a global network of 290 local YouthBuild programs in 18 countries, with 233 programs in 46 U.S. states and territories and 57 programs in 17 other countries. The global support team draws from over 40 years of YouthBuild implementation experience to create and deliver services designed to strengthen program quality, graduate outcomes, and community impact. 

The YouthBuild model has been adapted for implementation in rural and urban settings located in developing countries, emerging economies, and industrialized nations. Programs are managed by local community-based nonprofits, government agencies, development institutions, public colleges, and companies. The YouthBuild movement is effective because of the collective impact that hundreds of programs in local communities are making, partnering with opportunity youth, ready to meet them with knowledge, tools, opportunities, and love.

As a world-class support center, YouthBuild USA creates a bridge to the YouthBuild movement through technical assistance, leadership development, innovative program enhancements, and advocacy.

We focus on:

 

Impact & Learning


Increase the quality and impact of local YouthBuild programs 

We provide field-informed and field-led training and technical assistance, access to and analysis of performance data, and promising innovations so that each YouthBuild program can improve outcomes for students and graduates.

 

Connection

 

Strengthen the global YouthBuild network 

We leverage the YouthBuild movement’s geographic reach to catalyze innovation, partnerships and inspiration to unify the global movement and inspire peer support and knowledge sharing across the network.

 

Sustainability

 

Mobilize diverse sources of funding in support of YouthBuild programs’ growth and replication

We partner with national coalitions, governments, development finance institutions and local, national, and global companies to increase and diversify the investments in YouthBuild operations and YouthBuild innovations.

 

Advocacy

 

Support policies that multiply opportunities for young people to advance their learning, leadership and livelihood aspirations 

We lead efforts for advocacy of federal funding appropriation in the U.S. that invest in YouthBuild programs; in other countries, we support direct government investments in YouthBuild programs. We also support local YouthBuild programs in their efforts to advocate for funding from city, state, municipal and national governments.

 

Amplification

 

Mobilize opportunity youth voice and participation 

We work to create permanent, accessible channels for youth voice and participation across the global network, elevating the experience and perspective of YouthBuild students and alumni to inform YouthBuild strategies and larger policy and advocacy efforts.