YouthBuild Demographics and Outcomes

Demographics of YouthBuild students in the United States

  • 100% are low-income
  • 94% enter without a high school diploma
  • 71% are men; 29% are women
  • 53% are African American; 22% are White; 20% are Latino; 3% are Native American; 2% are Asian American
  • 32% are court-involved
  • 45% have received public assistance

Success rate

In 2010, based on data submitted to YouthBuild USA from 131 affiliates, 78 percent of enrollees completed the program; 63 percent of these obtained their GED or diploma; 60 percent went on to postsecondary education or jobs averaging $9.20 an hour; 25 percent enrolled in postsecondary education.

Recidivism rates for court-involved YouthBuild students are 40 percentage points lower than the national average. Indepen¬dent research from 2007 shows a return on investment of at least $10.80 and up to $43.90 for every dollar spent on any court-involved YouthBuild participant, and $7.80 to $11.70 for every participant, based on the percentage who achieve GEDs or diplomas.