What You Need to Know
Service Area Mid and Lower Yakima County
The Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program supports these efforts through significant education, occupational skills training, and leadership development to youth ages 16-24. YouthBuild provides services to more than 6,000 youth annually. This is accomplished by re-engaging them in innovative alternative education programs that provide individualized and project-based instruction as they work towards earning either a high school diploma or state-recognized equivalent and industry-recognized credentials in construction or other in-demand industries.
YouthBuild programs make explicit links between what is being done at the work site and what is being taught in the classroom through project-based and contextualized learning. The Act particularly has a focus on out-of-school youth, a priority population of the YouthBuild program.
Integrating Education and Skills Training with Community Commitment
YouthBuild participants have increased the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals and low-income families in their communities. Building and renovating housing for low- income and homeless families also provides a sense of purpose and transformation for youth participants while it teaches important soft skills, such as team work, personal accountability, and problem solving. The work site experience, coupled with earning an industry-recognized certificate, increases opportunities for post-program employment. YouthBuild addresses the challenges faced by unemployed, high school dropouts by providing them with an opportunity to gain both the education and occupational skills that will prepare them for good jobs with good wages. In addition, many of these youth, buoyed by their academic success in the YouthBuild program, continue on to post- secondary education.
This component integrates the training and work experience of construction fields with other in-demand industries. These occupations include health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other occupations that are high-growth fields locally with strong career pathways and industry-recognized credentials. The Construction Plus component provides access to broader training opportunities to align youth interests and aptitudes with employer needs.