What is YouthBuild?
YouthBuild programs provide pathways to education, jobs, entrepreneurship, and other opportunities leading to productive livelihoods and community leadership. The program helps young people to rebuild their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty with a commitment to work, education, family, and community. All services are provided at no cost.
The YouthBuild Program
YouthBuild Bridgeport is a pre-apprentice program that helps Bridgeport residents between the ages of 16 and 24 learn construction and manufacturing skills. In addition participants engage in academic supports and leadership opportunities through community service projects.
At YouthBuild, low-income young people learn construction skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in their neighborhoods and other community assets such as playgrounds. For unemployed young people who left high school without a diploma, YouthBuild is an opportunity to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment, and become leaders in their communities.
- Work toward obtaining their High School Diploma or GED
- Work toward gaining construction training, industry recognized credentials, and onsite work experience in partnership with Habitat for Humanity
- Technology assistance
- Transportation assistance to the program, if needed
- Case Management & Graduate Services for 1 year after completion
Who is eligible?
You are — if you meet the following requirements:
- Bridgeport resident
- Age 16-24
- Physically capable