We are proud that since 2003, Project REBUILD has run a successful YouthBuild program, focusing on Education, Vocational Training, Leadership Development, Counseling and Case Management, and Preparing for Graduate Success.

Our student-focused approach means at least 50% of our time is dedicated to Education. Whether studying online at Penn Foster High School or attending one of our local partner high schools, our students work hard to achieve their high school diplomas.

We’re also proud to have created/renovated over 100 housing units in our community through our Vocational Training. A part of the Construction Training Career Pathway, our YouthBuild participants learn carpentry skills through hands-on experience at local worksites, all while helping to create affordable housing. In the past few years, we’ve added a second Career Pathway focusing on Customer Service and how the skills learned are valuable in a number of industries. 

Leadership Development is vital to our program. All members are co-enrolled in AmeriCorps and we aim to inspire the youth to become responsible leaders in their lives and communities. Our participants make a real difference from neighborhood clean-ups to serving hot meals.

Through Counseling and Case Management, we address personal challenges that might affect our students’ success. We help them strategize solutions to issues like reliable transportation, childcare, and mental health.

Finally, our Graduate Success Planning ensures our students are work or college-ready. They learn essential skills like resume writing, interviewing, and career exploration, setting them up for post-program success.

Learn more about YouthBuild USA here – https://youthbuild.org/

If you’re interested in becoming a member, please start by reviewing the following criteria: 

  • You must be at least 16 years old and younger than 24 years old when the class starts.  

  • Meet one of the following: 

    • Do not have a diploma or GED* AND 

    • Are not actively enrolled or attending in school OR 

    • Are attending one of our partner schools 

      • if you already have your diploma and are still interested, please call our office to discuss possible options.   

  • You can answer “yes” to any of the following statements: 

    • I have had court involvement (including probation) OR

    • I receive food or cash assistance through Job & Family Services OR 

    • I am under the age of 18, and my family receives food or cash assistance through Job & Family Services OR 

    • One of my parents is incarcerated OR 

    • I am currently in or have been in the foster care system.

You should also know that we have a drug-free program and will do drug testing throughout the nine months you’re enrolled. You will be required to successfully pass a drug test within three weeks of starting Mental Toughness to be eligible for any incentives and formal enrollment. 

If you meet some of these criteria but not sure about whether you’re eligible, call the office at 330-588-3205, option #4, to speak to someone personally. 

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