Magazine article Talent Development

YouthBuild: Developing a New Generation of Learners, Thinkers, and Leaders: Teens and Young Adults Are Given the Opportunity to Build Their Career Skills

Magazine article Talent Development

YouthBuild: Developing a New Generation of Learners, Thinkers, and Leaders: Teens and Young Adults Are Given the Opportunity to Build Their Career Skills

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YouthBuild USA integrates student development with education and community service to support and empower low-income 16- to 24-year-olds. Its 273 programs in 46 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands work annually with about 10,000 young people.

Participants work full time for six to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning career skills by building affordable housing in their communities. Students spend half their time in the classroom, 40 percent on the job site, and 10 percent completing leadership development and service work.

"We know leadership development matters, so we make it central to our program model by connecting leadership competencies with our education and workforce development programming," says Scott Emerick, vice president of education. The organization identifies the skills necessary for youths to succeed as leaders, and then develops and reinforces those competencies through a comprehensive program model.

YouthBuild USA's programs operate as independent not-for-profit organizations. …

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