— John Valverde, President and CEO of YouthBuild USA
YouthBuild USA has developed and is implementing YouthBuild Mentoring (YBMentoring), an evidence-based youth mentoring model based on the Mentoring Elements of Effective Practice at YouthBuild programs across the country. Originally founded in 2009 with funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), YBMentoring has extended its reach to more than 100 local YouthBuild programs.
Our mentoring relationships enhance the outcomes of YouthBuild students by developing the personal growth and success they find in their YouthBuild programs and helping them transition into the next phase of their lives. YBMentoring helps boost academic achievement, assists with career exploration, enhances leadership development, and strengthens connections between YouthBuild students, their own families, communities, and community partners. Mentors stick with their students both during and after their time in YouthBuild USA programs to ensure that each young person has caring support as they move forward in life.