The YouthBuild program provides funds to non-profit organizations to provide an alternative education pathway and teach occupational skills training for low-income youth ages 16-24 who have been adjudicated, are aging out of foster care, or who are high school dropouts.
Youth involved in the program have fallen significantly behind in school and have left the public education system. The first goal of the program is to have participants attain their high school diploma or their GED credential. The second goal of the program is to increase the supply of permanent affordable housing for low-income families and those experiencing homelessness in their communities by having youth work with other community organizations to build housing. Work in the YouthBuild program allows participants to learn green construction techniques, connects them to community partners in a healthy way, and prepares them for employment in the future. This program addresses the needs of both low-income youth and low-income neighborhoods by providing housing, employment opportunities, crime prevention, and leadership development. YouthBuild is able to prevent homelessness for those living in YouthBuild communities, and provides a first step towards a better future for participants who are at-risk of becoming homeless.
Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding from the Department of Labor to implement a YouthBuild program. YouthBuild participants must apply to get in the program through the grantee organization in their community.
The primary beneficiaries are at-risk youth ages 16-24 who participate in the YouthBuild program, which helps them earn a diploma and employment training. Low-income and individuals experiencing homelessness in Youth Build communities also benefit from the construction of permanent affordable housing units.
Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to nonprofit organizations from the Department of Labor.