Youth-Build programs across the country operate as charter schools,
alternative schools, or GED programs and serve low-income young
people ages 16-24, who have left high school without a diploma. Along
with an international presence in 15 countries, 273 domestic Youth-
Build programs currently serve 10,000 students.
As a national intermediary, Youth-Build USA supports regular learning
exchange conferences among educators across the Youth-Build network.
Youth-Build programs participating in two national education initiatives
funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also receive proactive
instructional coaching, direct technical assistance and substantial peer
learning opportunities to improve teaching and learning efforts.
Youth-Build USA and local Youth-Build programs organize and participate
in national and state coalitions in support of resources and public policies
that support Youth-Build students’ success and facilitate effective youth and
community development beyond Youth-Build. This work is coordinated with
other similar networks of schools and community based organizations
collaborating toward maximum learning and impact.
Ultimately, the Youth-Build movement attracts, inspires, develops and organizes new young leaders and adult social entrepreneurs within low-income communities across the country. Collectively, these leaders and entrepreneurs spread the philosophy and methodology of youth leadership development as a central part of working with youth in all contexts, including education, job training, national service, crime prevention and counseling.