US DOL YouthBuild

Posted: January 25, 2023


Grantor: US Department of Labor

Additional Information

YouthBuild is a community-based pre-apprenticeship program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who have previously dropped out of high school.

YouthBuild Fact Sheet

Youth learn vocational skills in construction, as well as in other in-demand industries that include health care, information technology, and hospitality. Youth also provide community service through the required construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods. Youth split their time between the vocational training work site and the classroom, where they earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for postsecondary training opportunities, including college, apprenticeships, and employment. YouthBuild includes significant support systems, such as a mentoring, follow-up education, employment, and personal counseling services; and participation in community service and civic engagement. 


Eligible applicants include:

  • workforce development boards
  • school districts
  • community colleges
  • non-profits and communitybased organizations
  • housing development agencies
  • Indian tribes
  • youth service or conservation corps … and many others!


Jeff Hunt • (202) 693-3371 •

Stephanie Peña • (202) 693-3153 •

Please direct questions and comments about the YouthBuild program to

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