To encourage innovation and state of the art programming for YouthBuild students, YouthBuild USA raises and distributes private philanthropic funds and public funds from demonstration programs to launch pilots with small groups of YouthBuild programs that test and evaluate new strategies, partnerships, and areas of programming. When proven to be successful through an outcomes assessment process, these program enhancements are widely distributed across the network of programs. YouthBuild USA re-grants an average of $11 million each year to support these program innovation pilots and to support ongoing program enhancements. The US DOL has incorporated some of these enhancements into its basic grant processes, spreading them throughout the federal YouthBuild program.
Some of the innovations and program enhancements in recent years:
- Civic Engagement Curriculum
- SBIRT Drug and Alcohol Intervention
- Green Construction
- Customer Service Excellence Training
- Rural and Tribal Initiative