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1 The YouthBuild Program Theres a lot of love in YouthBuild, and some day were going to spread it around the world. Victor Ortiz, age 17, Youth Action Program (1981)

2 Purpose of YouthBuild To unleash the positive energy of unemployed, low-income young adults to rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, responsibility and family.

3 Benchmarks of Graduate Success Success in postsecondary education or credential attainment Building towards or maintaining a family sustaining wage and satisfying career Creating a positive personal and social support network Engaging and providing leadership in community affairs Caring for emotional and physical health Building financial and other life assets

4 5 YB Components EDUCATION academic skills numeracy & literacy gains high school credential vocational skills college success skills CONSTRUCTION supervised training career success skills vocational education pre-apprenticeship certifications green bldg CASE MGMT peer counseling individual counseling mentoring life skills development individual development goals GRADUATE RESOURCES college counseling pre-employment trng pre-apprenticeship trng career counseling ongoing supports LEADERSHIP decision making group facilitation program leadership roles public speaking community service advocacy

5 A Typical YouthBuild Program young people years of age GED or High School Diploma and postsecondary readiness Career tracks in construction, health care and technology months long Caring, competent staff Meaningful community service

6 YouthBuild Facts Male71% Female29% African American54% White22% Latino20% Adjudicated32% On Public Assistance45% Parents31% Average Age19.6

7 YouthBuild Facts 273 programs in 45 states, 105 DOL funded Expansion into 14+ countries internationally 10,000 young people now in YouthBuild programs in the U.S. 100,000 young people have built 20,000 units of affordable housing since 1994 $980M in federal funding since 1992 (HUD and DOL) Eight federal agencies fund YouthBuild programs in addition to state and local funds, private philanthropic funds, corporate funds, and other entrepreneurial and fee for service activities

8 Success Highlights of Graduates ** 74.6% were working, going to school and/or in job training (2004) 76.2% were free of government supports and not receiving food stamps, welfare payments or unemployment benefits 85% had some involvement with the community 92% had positive attitudes 80% were free of negative behaviors (selling and using drugs, misusing alcohol, etc.) 35 year difference between how long they expected to live before and after participating in YouthBuild (40 years to 75 years) ** Source: Life After YouthBuild study of 882 graduates. Brandeis and Temple Universities. 2004

9 Civic Engagement 68.1% Registered to vote 47.9% Participated in a community organization or did volunteer work 46.5% Voted in one or more elections 14.2% Engaged in a leadership role by serving on a community council or board 7.3% Got involved in political effort or electoral campaign 1.3% Ran for office

10 YouthBuilds Formula for Success Respectful, positive, caring, collaborative relationships between adults and youth In a safe, supportive learning environment Mastering new skills, knowledge and attitudes for school, work, family and leadership Building tangible community assets in service to others in need Creating hope and opportunity for ones future


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