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.