YouthBuild Programs – Building Community, Building LivesNovember 21, 2016 With YouthBuild programs, students learn to be leaders. They put in hundreds of hours of volunteer service in their community. They gain experience in public speaking and speak about issues that affect them. They learn construction skills and gain environmental expertise.
During the program, students build affordable housing that is environmentally friendly. They earn monthly living stipends and an education award ($1,515) to pay for college or vocational school.
To apply, you must be 16 to 24 years old and a citizen or legal resident of the United States. You must have an interest in building trades, construction, or energy conservation and meet income qualifications.
Through the program, students acquire a high school diploma, GED or college credits. They also acquire industry recognized certifications.
In Oregon, there are three organizations offering YouthBuild programs:
- Portland YouthBuilders in Portland,
- Community Services Consortium YouthBuilders in Linn and Benton counties, and
- Heart of Oregon Corps in Sisters, where youth from Central Oregon can apply.