YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GED or high school diploma, learn job skills, and serve their communities by building affordable housing, transforming their own lives and roles in society in the process.
There are now 278 YouthBuild programs nationwide making a profound difference for local students and communities. Since 1994, 110,000 young people have participated in building 21,000 units of affordable, increasingly green housing in 46 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. Community and Faith-Based nonprofit organizations sponsor most YouthBuild programs, many of which are led by social entrepreneurs who have started YouthBuild in their communities, just like Dorothy Stoneman, recipient of the 2007 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship, started the first YouthBuild program in East Harlem in 1978.
Below are introductory videos on YouthBuild U.S.A. as done by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern who have made several award winning films together telling dramatic stories of justice, racism, private dreams and public heroes.
The Passaic YouthBuild program works with thirty-three (33) 16-24 year old opportunity youth annually on making positive gains in their life and the lives of their family and community. Passaic YouthBuild members participate in educational instruction in the core subject areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts, with a goal of sitting for and successfully passing the General Equivalency Exam. Passaic YouthBuild members are also trained in construction fundamentals, learning carpentry skills and building techniques with a goal of NCCER Certification.
In 2014, sixteen (16) Passaic YouthBuild students successfully earned their high school equivalency diploma. Twenty-three (23) students successfully acquired NCCER credentialing.
Passaic YouthBuild Brochures are available, please click on the link for English or Spanish.
Are you interested in joining Passaic YouthBuild?
If you would like to learn more about positions available, please visit our jobs/volunteer page or send questions to our Passaic YouthBuild Program Director.
Interested student candidates should complete a Passaic YouthBuild application and send to:
45 Urban Club Rd.
Wayne, NJ 07470
You may fax your resume or application to (973) 706-5005 or submit it via our online webform.