Our Impact

In 2014, at 360 YouthBuild programs around the globe:

  • 16,000 young people were engaged as YouthBuild participants
  • 3.3 million hours of community-service leadership hours were performed
  • 2,200 community-asset building projects, including 2,000 units of affordable housing, were completed
  • 8,000 YouthBuild graduates were placed in jobs, education, entrepreneurship, and other opportunities leading to productive livelihoods 

In the United States:

Since 1994, over 140,000 YouthBuild students have performed 48 million community service hours and produced over 30,000 units of affordable, increasingly green housing in rural and urban communities across the USA. The ripple effects of this work through young people helping family members, friends, and neighbors cannot be measured.  

In 2014, 260 YouthBuild programs in the United States engaged nearly 9,000 low-income young adults who had left high school without a diploma, with approximately one-third having been court-involved. US DOL funded programs achieved the following remarkable outcomes:

  • 77% of all enrollees obtained their high school equivalency credentials, high school diplomas, and/or industry-recognized credentials
  • 61% of all enrollees went on to postsecondary education or jobs
  • 72% of those placed retained their placement for at least six months
  • Recidivism rates within one year of enrollment for all court-involved YouthBuild students averaged 9%

The average cost per participant for a full year in the United States including wages and stipends for work performed is about $22,000, significantly less than the other full-time positive options for unemployed young adults, such as Job Corps, service and conservation corps, college, or the military. Prison, as an unfortunate option, costs much more. 

Internationally:

In 2014, at 100 YouthBuild International locations in 17 countries:

  • 7,000 participants were engaged
  • 300,000 hours of community-service leadership hours were performed
  • 200 community asset building projects were completed ranging from housing upgrades and public space reclamation to school renovations
  • 3,500 YouthBuild International graduates obtained placements leading to productive livelihoods

The average cost per young person enrolled in YouthBuild programs outside of the United States varies according to the country context and the adaptations to the local YouthBuild program design that may include adjustments to program length, balance of focus between technical training and basic education, and length of program follow-up.  Examples of cost per young person served in international YouthBuild programs ranges from $1,200/young person (Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador, Peru), to $2,500- $4,500/young person (South Africa, Israel, Brazil).

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