Green Building

YouthBuild is creating a workforce of green leaders . . . who must be part of the boom of the green-collar economy.” – Ely Flores, 2005 La Causa YouthBuild, Los Angeles, CA graduate

The Green Initiative was launched in 2005 in order to bring green building practices into our network as our contribution to protecting the environment.  Soon thereafter, it became clear that green skills training was extremely valuable for YouthBuild students.

As of 2014, green building jobs account for nearly half of the design and construction workforce. To help meet this demand, the YouthBuild USA Green Initiative helps YouthBuild programs introduce green careers to YouthBuild students and helps them obtain industry-recognized credentials. Out-of-work and out-of-school young people who attend YouthBuild transform their lives while working towards their high school diplomas and learning sustainable construction (“green building”) skills.

Quick Facts | Since 2005

  • $7.5 million in pass-through grants from private and public sources have been provided by YouthBuild USA to its affiliates for sustainable building, weatherization, green business, and career development.
  • $40,000 in seed grants have been given  by YouthBuild USA to graduate entrepreneurs for green business development.
  • 600+ YouthBuild construction trainers have been certified by YouthBuild USA to deliver industry-recognized green building and weatherization certifications to YouthBuild students.
  • 2,600+ YouthBuild trainers, students, and graduates have attended 140 green construction and certification trainings, received onsite technical assistance visits, and participated in design charrettes and webinars

Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, as well as a global leader in the production of high-performance materials and glass containers, has partnered with YouthBuild USA in support of the  Green Building Initiative.  Saint-Gobain sees in YouthBuild an impressive combination of education, leadership development, community, construction, and sustainability.  Through the partnership, Saint-Gobain and its affiliated company, CertainTeed, are donating funds, energy-efficient products, technical expertise, and employee volunteer support to YouthBuild’s green home renovation projects in four communities where Saint-Gobain has business concentrations: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Akron, Ohio; Schenectady, New York; and Worcester, Massachusetts.

YouthBuild’s Green Building Initiative is now working with YouthBuild International to establish a pilot industry-recognized green credentials training at Youth Eco Leadership Corps in Bosnia-Herzegovina. YouthBuild students are getting it done on a worldwide scale, one solar panel, one home at a time. 

YouthBuild USA is a USGBC member organization.