YouthBuild Training Specifics
YouthBuild trainees will receive construction training and participate in education and leadership development activities to maximize the expansion of their marketable job skills. The training program includes:
- Participation in a 35-hour per week program for up to 10 months
- Alternating weekly between on-site construction training and educational activities
- Earning minimum wage for on-site construction training and an hourly stipend for participation in educational activities
- Trasportation support as needed
- Graduation with the tools needed to get and keep a good job
YouthBuild trainees gain meaningful experience building residential housing units in the local community which expands the supply of affordable housing. Two site trainers teach and lead the crew through all phases of construction.
Education activities focus on basic skill development and GED preparation as well as computer, entrepreneur and other vocational training. Emphasis on job readiness and placement activities are important and participants may earn a variety of certifications such as OSHA Construction Safety and Hazard, Food Handler's and First Aid/CPR.
The YouthBuild program teaches leadership development by encouraging trainees to take responsibility for themselves, their family and their community. Leadership activities include parenting and personal money management training, civics education and community service.