Empowering youth to build their future through education, job skills training, and service.
YouthBuild is a national program for 16-24 year old unenrolled youth, providing an opportunity to earn their diploma, trade certifications, and an AmeriCorps Education Award, while learning construction skills.
Quick Facts About YouthBuild
Take the next step in building your future.
What is YouthBuild?
ReSOURCE YouthBuild is a 12-month training program for youth that are looking for alternative ways to earn a diploma while gaining job training and certifications.
Who can enroll in YouthBuild?
Young women and men ages 16-24 living in Chittenden and Washington counties that have dropped out of high school.
What training will I receive?
YouthBuild students have the opportunity to graduate with their high school diploma, be trained in construction skills earning certificates in OSHA10, NCCER, First Aid & CPR Training, and as part-time AmeriCorps members earn an AmeriCorps Education Award.
Across the nation, young people are transforming their lives and rebuilding their communities. They are graduating from school, supporting their families, and restoring their neighborhoods.
ReSOURCE offers the only two YouthBuild programs in the state of Vermont. In addition to construction trade job skills, our focus on energy efficiency including weatherization and solar installation training, fully integrates the work of relieving poverty and protecting the environment with job skills training.
The ReSOURCE YouthBuild program will make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of our youth. Through our program design we empower youth to serve as active members of their community, helping those most in need while they pursue their futures.
ReSOURCE hosts the only YouthBuild programs in Vermont, but a nationwide network is linked together and supported by YouthBuild USA, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1990.
ReSOURCE YouthBuild is recognized as an AmeriCorps National Service Site. All students are co-enrolled as AmeriCorps members and are required to complete 675 hours of direct community service during their enrollment. In return, students receive a bi-weekly financial stipend, along with a $2,200 Segal Education Award upon completion.
Students complete their service hours through affordable housing construction, weatherization, and disaster response services, and through the weekly, student-led, direct service projects for community organizations and individuals in need.
The impact that our ReSOURCE YouthBuild students make on the community through these service projects hold tremendous weight for the program. In a given year, each YouthBuild crew will complete ~20 community service projects working with different organizations and community spaces; such as Vermont Food Bank, Respite House, Shelburne Museum, Burlington and Barre Gardens, and Burlington Parks and Rec.
In addition to construction trade job skills, YouthBuild focuses on energy efficiency including weatherization and solar installation training. Students are fully integrated with the work of relieving poverty and protecting the environment with job skills training.
Solar thermal technology uses the suns energy, rather than fossil fuels, to generate low-cost, environmentally friendly thermal energy. This energy is used to heat water or other fluids, and call also power solar cooling systems.
ReSOURCE YouthBuild has partnered with Washington Electric Coop and Downstreet Housing & Community Development to provide homeowners access to affordable solar water heater systems. To learn more about these services, contact YouthBuild Program Managers.
“I fit in at YouthBuild because my technical experience makes me super strong and I love education.” – Exau, YB Grad 2017
“YouthBuild has given me opportunities to think about I never thought were possible.” – Michael, YB Grad 2016
“YouthBuild is a good opportunity for young people who want to better their future for themselves and their families.” – Ray, YB Grad 2013