What is YouthBuild?

YouthBuild is an at-risk youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses several core issues facing low-income communities: housing; education; employment; crime prevention; and leadership development. In YouthBuild, low-income, out-of-school young people ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills, earn training stipends, and serve their communities by building affordable housing, in the process transforming their own lives and their places in society.

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YouthBuild Columbus Community School

With the turn of the millennium, the State of Ohio began allowing the creation and operation of charter schools, which are public schools operated by private entities. Because a high school diploma is a more valuable credential for our participants than a GED, we decided to transition to a diploma-track YouthBuild program that incorporates a charter school (which in Ohio is called a community school).

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