Every year, approximately 1500 young people apply to YouthBuild sites around Massachusetts. Some of them have troubled pasts, but all have committed to a better future.
10 years ago, Sthephany Garcia's mother returned to Honduras from the US for her children. "We're moving. We're going to be a family again," she told them.
During Sthephany's trip to the US, and in the years that followed, she endured hard times and was forced to make some difficult choices -- ones that she admits weren't always right. But her decision to join YouthBuild, she claims, was the most life-changing one she's ever made. Read More
My youth was that of a typical inner city kid. I was raised by my mother, my father was not around. I had no real goals or ambitions for my future, for I could not see myself living past the present moment. I had friends and family murdered by the time I was 17, and by 18 I was in trouble with the law. My life mistakes were piling up fast and it felt like my life was in a tailspin. Not having many other options being a high school drop out, I decided to go back to school and get my GED with YouthBuild. Read more
At YouthBuild they taught me how to be me; I always knew who I was but I was terrified to show it. Each staff member helping to create someone who loved to help the community, understood the importance of equality, how to stand up for themselves, how to love math, how to be a leader, and most importantly, they taught me how to love myself. Read more
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