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 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 shortage of construction workers.