To break the cycle of poverty by unleashing the intelligence and positive energy of low-income youth to rebuild their communities and their lives.

In one of the 273 local YouthBuild programs around the country...

unemployed young people (ages 16-24) from low-income areas work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and other low-income people. Students also participate in community service, leadership development and receive counseling & mentoring services.

1. An individual’s thoughts, actions and opportunities are influenced by the communities in which they are raised and currently live.

2. Young people in low-income communities are a precious resource and we need to provide them with the opportunities they deserve.

3. Young people are capable of being competent, respectable leaders in our communities.

4. When encouraged to do so, young people bring fresh energy, creativity and imagination to the community.

5. Good leadership is taking responsibility to make sure things go right for your life, for your family, for the program and for the community.