Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps; VISTA)
Since 1994, YouthBuild USA has served as a national intermediary for YouthBuild AmeriCorps funds and education awards, bringing additional resources to local programs. Participating in the highly visible AmeriCorps program facilitates the transformation of YouthBuild students’ identity. Being known as YouthBuild AmeriCorps members, identifying with national service and community service, and obtaining valuable education awards for postsecondary education put the students into the mainstream of respected American society. Annually, over 3,000 low-income young people serve more than 1.0 million hours as YouthBuild AmeriCorps members in America’s poorest communities, building affordable homes and other community assets for low-income people. Since 2009, YouthBuild USA has received several AmeriCorps VISTA awards to engage VISTA volunteers at local YouthBuild programs across the USA.
US Agency for International Development
In September 2012, USAID selected for a Global Development Alliance (GDA) award: Youth Pathways – Mexico (YPM), an initiative of YouthBuild International (YBI), Jóvenes Constructores de la Communidad (JCC), and Servicios a la Juventud, A.C. (Seraj), Intel, and the Prudential Corporation. Based on the excellent results of this first GDA, USAID awarded a second GDA in February, 2016. The Youth Pathways (Jovenes con Rumbo) Alliance has grown the resource partners from two companies to 39 national and global companies; 52 municipalities, 11 universities, and four global NGOs with operations in Mexico; reached and served over 14,000 young people who were out-of- school, unemployed, in conflict with the law; established nine youth safe spaces in Monterrey, Tijuana, and Mexico City; and secured over $12.5 million in leveraged resources. A randomized control trial of JcR youth showed increased measures of resilience, persistence, placement in livelihoods that exceeded control group outcomes in excess of 15 percent.
Previously, USAID funded YouthBuild International projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which focused on conflict mitigation, inter-ethnic cooperation, environmental stewardship, leadership, and livelihoods training in 28 communities; and in South Africa, which supported YBI to work with 12 Further Education and Training Colleges to incorporate YouthBuild principles into that country’s vocational training system; in Haiti, post the 2010 earthquake to train young people to help with the rebuilding; and in El Salvador.
US Department of Agriculture
Since 2006, the YouthBuild USA Rural and Tribal Initiative has been awarded nine Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grants from the United States Department of Agriculture. Through the support of USDA RCDI funds, rural YouthBuild programs explore new approaches for fostering community economic development to create sustainable employment opportunities for low-income young adults.
US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Since 2009, YouthBuild USA received three grants from the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, to assist local YouthBuild programs to provide mentors to over 5,000 YouthBuild students and graduates.
US Department of Labor – YouthBuild program
Primary funding for local YouthBuild programs comes from the US Department of Labor (DOL) under the federal YouthBuild program, administered by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Grants are made by DOL directly to independent local programs through a competitive process. Since 2006, YouthBuild USA has been selected through a competitive process as the primary contractor for training, technical assistance, data management, and over-all quality assurance for DOL YouthBuild grantees.
The International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) of DOL has awarded contracts to YBI in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Honduras focused on reducing the incidences of forced child and youth labor.
US Department of State
Since 2013, YouthBuild International has been awarded two Department of State Ambassador’s Fund contracts for the Iraqi Al-Amal YouthBuild Initiative. Under this initiative, the YouthBuild leadership/livelihood training program has been adapted for implementation in Basra, as a way to open livelihood opportunities in the Iraqi economy, especially in the construction, tourism and hospitality sectors. The program serves vulnerable Iraqi youth who are out of work, out of school, and disconnected from the local economy. Additionally, DOS has awarded grants to YouthBuild International projects in Panama and Costa Rica.