Disaster Relief

When disasters strike, YouthBuild is often part of the response. In Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, teams of trained YouthBuild students and graduates from around the country and from the local MS and LA communities were funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the US Department of Labor to rebuild over one hundred houses. YouthBuild USA also founded a local YouthBuild program in Gulfport, MS, so young people there could rebuild their own community over time.

In New York after Hurricane Sandy, YouthBuild students and graduates were again funded, this time by FEMA through CNCS, to be part of the rebuilding process. They traveled from East Harlem to Far Rockaway to lend their energy and skills.

In Mexico and El Salvador, YouthBuild responded to relief and rebuilding efforts after hurricanes, and in Haiti, as of October 2014, have mobilized over 9,000 youths over the last four years to respond to the devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010. 

CNCS sponsors the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), a residential service program that provides disaster relief services wherever they are needed. YouthBuild graduates have the option of joining NCCC to experience a residential year-long service program with other service-oriented young adults from around the country, earning a $5,000 education award for post-secondary education. CNCS provides priority for them in order to include low-income youth as service-givers.