Construction

YouthBuild is designed to help young people complete their education, learn job skills, develop leadership abilities, and contribute to their communities. YouthBuild’s construction training component offers the following immediate benefits:

  • It provides a marketable set of skills that prepare students for immediate employment.
  • It offers the type of physical training that appeals to young men who are often under-represented in other job training programs.
  • It yields tangible and highly visible products of value to the community, which gives students a sense of personal accomplishment and value and brings the respect of their families and neighbors.
  • On a daily basis, it provides communities with a hopeful and reassuring view of young people playing a positive role.

Many YouthBuild graduates go on to careers in construction.  These careers offer good-paying jobs, do not exclude young people with a criminal record, allow for them to join registered apprenticeships and trade unions, and meet the needs of housing developers who are experiencing a current shortage of construction workers.