Since 1994, YouthBuild USA has served as a national intermediary for YouthBuild AmeriCorps funds and education awards, bringing additional resources to a subset of local YouthBuild USA Affiliate programs to expand their capacity and service within their community.
Annually, over 2,500 opportunity youth across 65 YouthBuild programs serve more than one million hours of service as YouthBuild AmeriCorps members in their communities by building affordable homes and other community assets. For the completion of their service term requirements, YouthBuild AmeriCorps members earn a Segal Education Award that can be used to pay for education expenses at post-secondary institutions and technical schools or re-pay qualified school loans.
YouthBuild Affiliate programs who are part of the YouthBuild AmeriCorps Partnership receive a grant consisting of AmeriCorps slot positions for YouthBuild participants and funding to support operational items such as staff salaries, equipment, supplies, required member and staff criminal history background checks, CPR/first aid training, and other associated program and member expenses. YouthBuild AmeriCorps programs are responsible for providing funds (Private, State and Local Public) and other resources to match the federal funds they receive through the AmeriCorps grant.
Since 1994, over 40,000 YouthBuild AmeriCorps members have logged a cumulative total of over 20 million community service leadership hours while:
In 2021, AmeriCorps published a return on investment (ROI) study to measure the benefits of the YouthBuild AmeriCorps program against costs. The ROI analysis report found the following:
The report notes that while at a YouthBuild program, “AmeriCorps members gain the experience, skills, and knowledge that result in future benefits, such as improved employment and wages, which can be sustained throughout their working years.” Additional benefits of the YouthBuild AmeriCorps program include increased tax revenue for government and reduced lifetime spending on corrections, public assistance, and social insurance. Read the full research brief here.