YouthBuild Program

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

Earn While You Learn!

YouthBuild isn’t like any other path to your high school diploma. We partner with Penn Foster, an accredited online high school, to provide you an opportunity to complete your high school diploma. Penn Foster offers engaging courses in general education like history and math, as well as electives like automotive repair and art appreciation.  

In addition to academics, you will gain hands-on construction experience, earn industry recognized credentials and certifications, give back to your community, and get paid doing it! We’ll show you how to write a resume and how to present your skills with confidence. Through our partnerships with local businesses, you’ll have the chance to gain real-world experience in such fields as:

  • Construction
  • HVAC
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Automotive

Earn credentials/certifications like:

  • OSHA 10
  • NCCER
  • CPR
  • Forklift Operator

That can mean stability, a career, the means to support yourself, and the chance to make a difference in your community. You’ll also build relationships and connections that will last a lifetime. You have a choice. There are people out there who care about you and believe in you.

Come every day. Keep coming even after you get your diploma, because YBLC is still there for you. Don’t take this opportunity for granted because they care.

Jamaica, YBLC alum

Stay dedicated and strive for success. It’s not where you are but where you want to be.

Shemual, YBLC alum

It gets tough, but stick it out with a positive attitude. It will be worth it in the end.

Allison, YBLC alum