YouthBuild believes that the goals, dreams, and aspirations of every young person are real. They are important, and they are achievable. Young people do not need fixing; they need champions who see them for who they really are, and who they can become. Every young person possesses the potential to become a community leader and should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Millions of young adults are too often defined only by their struggles with unemployment, poverty, and crime. Traditionally known as “disenfranchised,” “marginalized,” “disconnected,” and “at risk,” these young people aspire to improve their lives and communities. These young people are typically defined solely by their challenges, not by their potential. They urgently need – and aspire to earn – knowledge, training, and opportunities that lead to long-term professional and personal success.
With love and respect, we partner with opportunity youth to build the skillsets and mindsets that lead to lifelong learning, livelihood, and leadership.
YouthBuild strives to create a world where all young people are seen for their potential, and power to transform themselves and their communities.
YouthBuild’s mission and strategy are informed by core values that help students develop the skills they need not only to succeed in the workplace, but to thrive in their communities.
We respect and value every individual, and we welcome them with open arms and open minds.
No two YouthBuild programs are exactly alike. Our programs vary according to local community needs, funding, and partnerships. Each and every YouthBuild program, however, is built on the five core elements of our model — plus love:
YouthBuild USA is proud to announce that Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) has been named a YouthBuild Champion, working to amplify the voices of YouthBuild students and alumni in Congress. YouthBuild Champions are congressional leaders who advocate for funding and policies that benefit opportunity youth and their communities.Read More