The YouthBuild mission in Massachusetts is to harness the intelligence and positive energy of students who have not been successful in traditional high schools, and direct it toward rebuilding their communities and their lives. YouthBuild seeks to join with others in order to cultivate a movement toward a more just society in which respect, love, responsibility, and cooperation are the dominant unifying values, and opportunities are available to all people in every community to fulfill their own potential and contribute to the well-being of others.
What We Do
YouthBuild gives young people between the ages of 16 and 24 the chance to turn their lives around. Programs offer a unique curriculum, that combines academic instruction with workforce development training, in which students spend one week in the classroom working toward their GED or diploma, followed by one week on a job site building or renovating affordable housing in their communities. It allows students to develop important academic and job skills, and at the same time, revitalize surrounding low-income areas. Ultimately, the aim of YouthBuild is not to change the young people it serves, it is to give them the tools to change their own lives. We firmly believe that by empowering our students, true community change can be accomplished.
Working to enhance the services of their eleven member programs, the Massachusetts YouthBuild Coalition provides resources in the following areas: peer support and evaluation, technical assistance, media outreach, coordination of statewide events, and applications for funding. By assisting our programs in these areas, we're able to lighten some of their workload and allow them to focus more of their time and energy on serving our youth.
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