Lashon Amado
Program Associate, Education and Youth Leadership


What’s been your career path at YouthBuild USA?

I began my career with YouthBuild USA as an intern with the SMART Initiative, helping to launch the SMART START Youth Advisory Council. After completing my internship, I was offered the Student VOICES Coordinator position. In this role, I help to coordinate a student advisory council focused on post-secondary access and persistence for opportunity youth.


What has been the most unique thing about working at YouthBuild USA? 

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to "pay it forward." As a graduate of a YouthBuild program, I was fortunate to have caring adults who helped me see the importance of higher education and provide me a direct path to college. Now I am able to advocate and support YouthBuild students across the nation who are on the same path.