YouthBuild of Central Florida was started informally in 2010 and is a affiliated with Youth-Build USA that was started informally in 1988 and incorporated in 1990 to guide the process of replicating and scaling up the Youth-Build program with quality in the United States after the program had succeeded in five neighborhoods in New York City. There are now 273 Youth-Build programs in 46 states, Washington, DC, and the Virgin Islands. 110,000 Youth-Build students have built 21,000 units of affordable, increasingly green, housing since 1994.
The New York Times called YouthBuild a “wellspring of human reclamation.”
In 2012, Dorothy Stoneman was named a Champion of Change by the White House. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. The White House regularly features individuals, businesses and organizations that are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
YouthBuild USA was named one of America’s 12 most impactful nonprofits in 2007 by researchers in the book Forces for Good, and included in the 2008 book Charismatic Organizations.
From 2007 to 2013, YouthBuild USA CEO Dorothy Stoneman was awarded the prestigious international Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
In 2008, the NonProfit Times identified YouthBuild USA’s CEO as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders (PDF), and Ashoka selected her as a senior fellow.
In 2000, YouthBuild USA CEO Dorothy Stoneman was awarded the Independent Sector’s John Gardner Leadership Award and she was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 1996.