WNY YouthBuild: Leaders Under Construction
Education. Job Training. Leadership.
Who We AreSponsored by the US Department of Labor, the WNY Youthbuild program shapes the lives of our community’s next generation of leaders, providing an opportunity for at-risk or low-income young people to complete their education and learn in-demand job skills, all while committing their time and energy to local community revitalization projects. YouthBuild is an alternative education program that offers individuals ages 16-24 training and practical experience for “in-demand” industry careers through community revitalization projects, while also working to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma through the program. Most program participants have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, are high school dropouts, and/or are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational milestones and opportunities that lead to career fulfillment. They join the YouthBuild program because they are looking to transform their lives and roles in society. When they are not in the classroom, students serve the Buffalo community in a team-based setting where they learn job skills, acquire extensive hands on construction training under the mentorship of a site-supervisor by building or renovating low-income housing. Through a partnership with YouthBuild USA, all WNY YouthBuild members are also AmeriCorps members. This tremendous opportunity to serve in a national service program fosters a lifelong commitment to service and community.
WNY Youthbuild 2017 Program is Full!Thank you to everyone that helped spread the word about our 2017 program! We are currently at capacity but are always accepting applications. Visit the application tab below to download an application to be considered for future WNY Youthbuild opportunities.
WNY YouthBuild has taught me a lot about hard work. I tried many times before to get my GED and failed. When the opportunity to join YouthBuild came, I applied right away because I wanted to help out in my community but also get my GED. Through hard work, I obtained my GED and that was a huge accomplishment for me. Many people said I couldn’t do it, but now I’m not a statistic for society to put me in. Now I’m off to college in the fall. Just to think that I started out with nothing and now YouthBuild has helped me become a successful woman. I also learned how to manage both being in school and working. I’ve learned to love community service and helping in the community, which is something I never did before YouthBuild.
Staff plans and provide opportunities for personal and professional development by offering training and certification courses. In addition, staff provides additional support to ensure members grow as civically-engaged youth leaders by providing leadership opportunities and other avenues for growth.