Register now! Introduction to YouthBuild for Native Communities

Save the Date!

The YouthBuild Rural and Native Initiative is hosting an “Introduction to YouthBuild for Native Communities” webinar at Thursday, March 26 at 2:00pm ET (NEW DATE). Register here.

This is a great opportunity for communities and organizations that may be interested in starting a YouthBuild program, or that are simply interested in learning more about YouthBuild.

Blackfeet Tribe, Browning, Montana; NSAIE AmeriCorps VISTA Allison Girres; Painting project with the YouthBuild.
Image credit: The National Society for American Indian Elderly

We’ll introduce participants to the YouthBuild philosophy and model with its five main components: Education, Construction Training, Counseling, Leadership Development, and Graduate Services. We will also go over some key initial planning activities and materials to get you started as you think about YouthBuild in your community!

Please feel free to distribute this Save the Date to your own networks and to anyone you think may be interested. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Phinney (, 802-922-2274) or Jessie Watson (, 617-741-1219).

To RSVP, click here.

About YouthBuild

At YouthBuild, we believe young people are our greatest assets. In YouthBuild programs, low-income opportunity youth ages 16 to 24 work full-time for 6 to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in their communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to each other’s success. At exit, they are placed in college, jobs, or both. Today, there are over 250 YouthBuild programs in 45 states, Washington, DC, and the Virgin Islands engaging approximately 10,000 young adults per year. 

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