Social Impact Profile ™

Areas of Impact:
Children & Youth

In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work full-time for 6 to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to each other’s success. Students may earn AmeriCorps education awards through their homebuilding and other community service. At exit, they are placed in college, jobs, or both. Today, there are 273 YouthBuild programs in 46 states, Washington, DC., and the Virgin Islands engaging approximately 10,000 young adults per year.


    A Note from Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO

    Recently when I went to the airport, the security guard looked at my YouthBuild lapel pin and stepped forward, “I went to YouthBuild… it saved my life!” he said. A couple of weeks later I called an 800 number to talk to my credit card contact at an office in Arizona. When she heard I was employed by YouthBuild USA, she said, “Oh, my son went to YouthBuild. It changed his life. I couldn’t help him, but YouthBuild did.” I am steadily embraced by messages like these. They come in person, on Facebook, by email. They are all deeply moving. Read More

    Youth Build USA Named to S&I 100 Index

    YouthBuild USA was recently named to the first-ever, index of 100 outstanding U.S. nonprofits with proof of results and a high potential to reach even more people. Read More