2015 YouthBuild USA National Rural Gathering

Looking to build high profile, high level partnerships that will move your organization to the next level? Want to build a college going culture for rural young people and deepen your classroom instructional practice? Or maybe you’d like to use data to champion your organization? Join us for the National Rural Gathering where we will explore each of these topics with content leaders and be in community with rural and Native YouthBuild programs and youth-serving organizations from across the country.

The entire agenda is designed to address the issues that are most relevant to your organizations, young people, and communities. You will listen, share, and learn from each other and other national and regional rural practitioners. You will gain rural specific tools and resources that are immediately relevant to your everyday work.

Historically, these gatherings have filled up quickly, we encourage you to register and book your hotel early. It is also worth mentioning that you may use your DOL funds to attend this training event.

To register, click here.

Conference Details


Wednesday, June 17 at 8:30am – Thursday, June 18 at 12:30pm (with optional site visit to Santa Fe YouthWorks YouthBuild from 2:00-3:30pm)


Hotel La Fonda
100 E. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone 505.982.5511        

We are thrilled to be returning to the Hotel La Fonda. The La Fonda is a historic, landmark hotel located on the main Plaza and sits quite literally at the terminus of the Santa Fe Trail. La Fonda is steeped in history, filled with art and offers authentic Santa Fe hospitality.

To book at our discounted rate of $94+tax, mention that you are with the YouthBuild USA group when making your reservation. You can call the hotel at 1.800.523.5002 or 1.505.982.5511. You may extend your stay, depending on availability, for 3 days pre- and post-event at the conference rate. The cut off date for this group rate is May 26, 2015. Please book as soon as possible.


The hotel is about a 1 hour ride from the Albuquerque airport. The primary shuttle service is Sandia Shuttle that offers direct service from the Albuquerque airport to the hotel. One way fare is $28 per person or $48 round trip. Reservations should be booked with them directly at www.sandiashuttle.com.  Some participants choose to rent cars so that they can see more of the surrounding mountains and region. Parking at the La Fonda is $12.00 per day.


As you know, under our federal contract guidelines, we are no longer able to provide meals to conference participants. As a result, conference participants will be on their own for all meals. We have worked to find the optimal hotel location that allows you access to numerous affordable and delicious restaurants all within a quick walk surrounding the plaza. Also, the Hotel La Fonda includes a wonderful restaurant, lounge menu, and French bakery right on its premises.

Site Visit to Santa Fe YouthWorks YouthBuild

Wrapping up our Gathering, we are thrilled to offer a site visit to the nearby Santa Fe YouthWorks YouthBuild program on Thursday, June 18 from 2:00-3:30pm. Santa Fe YouthWorks is a leader in community partnerships and youth engagement. This is a unique opportunity to visit another YouthBuild program, and learn from the staff about their vision and program elements including their apprenticeship program and culinary arts training program.

Santa Fe YouthWorks is located 2 miles from the hotel. If you are attending the site visit, please plan your flights accordingly to be sure to allow travel time back to Albuquerque as well as check-in and going through security.


Please contact Jessie Watson at jwatson@youthbuild.org or 617-741-1219.

To register, click here.

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