Homeless youth building houses, giving others a place to call home. There's a beauty to that — and it’s exactly what’s happening at YouthCare’s YouthBuild.
Through this program, 30 young people a year bring their newly acquired construction skills to work on low-income housing at one of Habitat for Humanity’s local projects. When they're not on-site, they're in the shop learning building techniques or in the classroom working on their GED or high school diploma. By the end of their six months, participants will have earned industry certifications that allow them to apply for high-wage positions, as well as college credits thanks to an agreement with South Seattle College. They also receive 9 months of follow-up support, including case management, resume and interview tips, and placement assistance.
YouthBuild is a national program. Since 1994, it has trained over 100,000 young people and built over 20,000 units of affordable housing. YouthCare’s YouthBuild is one of the only programs in the country to specifically recruit homeless and court-involved youth. Our nearly 80% completion rate for this rigorous program — above the national average — testifies to the success of our model.