Our Program Model
The YouthBuild model was developed in 1978 by Dorothy Stoneman, the current CEO of YouthBuild USA. While the eleven MYBC programs vary slightly in their outcomes, career track options, certification offerings, and degree possibilities, they all share the core components of a YouthBuild program:
On the job site and in the workshop, our students learn the hands-on skills needed to be successful in today's evolving construction field, as well as the soft skills that any employer looks for in a candidate. Through training opportunities that yield certifications in the following programs -- HBI PACT, NCCER, CPR/First Aid, OSHA, CNA and other health related, LIUNA or Community College Weatherization, Lead Abatement, Microsoft Digital Literacy -- our students are able to gain the knowledge it takes to compete with other job seekers looking for positions in the green building trades. While in the program, they put these skills to good use by building affordable, sustainable housing for low-income families in their communities, earning themselves a stipend in the process. The projects they work on help to revitalize surrounding areas and allow for real-world practice on what they've learned in the workshop.
Construction stats from our most recent round of data ('09-'12):
Our teachers are trained professionals whose curriculum is geared toward helping our students earn their GED or high school diploma. Areas of instruction include: history, math, english/language arts, science -- typically the same subjects you'll see in any public school. The only difference is, we teach them using different tools and philosophies. Our lessons emphasize student engagement, and often times involve learning that takes place during collaborative projects, on field trips, and in group discussion.
Between 2009 and 2012:
Many of the young people who enroll in YouthBuild have a troubled history and are usually dealing with a number of complicated issues. While in the program, each student is assigned a caseworker responsible for guiding them through problems they may be facing inside and outside of it. Our goal is to surround our youth with positive role models who will help them grow individually, and give them advisers to whom they can turn for support.
Between '09 and '12:
To revitalize our communities, we do more than build and renovate housing. Between 2009 and 2012, MYBC students and staff collectively completed 510 service projects on top of their 550 construction projects around Massachusetts. Those service projects are ones in which we help other organizations accomplish their missions by volunteering. For our sites funded by AmeriCorps, volunteering benefits not only the organizations we collaborate with, but our students as well. Upon graduation, students who have completed the goal number of AmeriCorps community service hours set by the agency receive an education award that is proportional to their volunteerism.
Between 2009 and 2012:
The MYBC transitional staff is responsible for helping our young people move on to careers, post-secondary institutions and apprenticeships once they exit the program. From them, students receive resume-building lessons, college application assistance, and career guidance even after graduation.
Some highlights from our last round of data:
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