YouthBuild is a youth and community development grant program that simultaneously addresses several core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. The YouthBuild model balances in-school learning, geared toward a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED), and construction skills training, geared toward a career placement for the youth. The in-school component is an alternative education program that assists youth who are often significantly behind in basic skills to obtain a high school diploma or GED credential. The primary target populations for YouthBuild are high school drop-outs, adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, and other at-risk youth populations (ages 16-24). Under the Obama Administration, many YouthBuild participants are learning “green” building techniques, assisting with retrofitting existing homes, and discovering how to help make their communities sustainable and environmentally friendly.
• Funds made available through the YouthBuild grants will be used to carry out a YouthBuild program with the following core objectives: • To enable disadvantaged youth to obtain the education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency in occupations in demand and post-secondary education and training opportunities; • To provide disadvantaged youth with opportunities for meaningful work and service to their communities; • To foster the development of employment and leadership skills and commitment to community development among youth in low-income communities; and • To expand the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals and low-income families by utilizing the energies and talents of disadvantaged youth.