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Career Pathways

Career Pathways at YouthBuild USA works hand-in-hand with YouthBuild programs to help opportunity youth cultivate the skillsets and mindsets to be leaders in their communities and in the workforce by driving innovation and access to diverse career pathways.

Across the field of YouthBuild programs, applied technical skills training is combined with job readiness training to prepare young people for jobs and self-employment.

YouthBuild students have opportunities for training in high-demand career pathways such as healthcare, technology and customer service fields. Along with YouthBuild programs, we build partnerships with employers, colleges, and other postsecondary institutions, including registered apprenticeships to map labor market needs and prepare young people for family-sustaining careers in high-demand industry sectors. The training they receive can lead to industry-recognized certifications. 

Explore the different career pathways offered by our featured programs!

What We Do


  • We drive innovation. We implement pilot initiatives with YouthBuild programs, evaluate and amplify evidence-based practices and scale innovations to the YouthBuild field.
  • We provide field-centered support. We coordinate in-person and virtual trainings, curate and design resources and contribute knowledge and expertise to advance key YouthBuild USA initiatives.
  • We steward partnerships. We partner with industry experts to innovate and strengthen career pathways for programs to boost placement outcomes.

Key Elements & Criteria

Career Pathways adheres to a set of key elements and criteria that serve as a “North Star” when designing, curating and implementing multi-modal technical assistance for YouthBuild programs.

Our criteria include:

  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • “Plug and Play” Design
  • Field-Informed
  • Measured for Impact

For more information about Career Pathways at YouthBuild USA, contact