Quad YouthBuild is a community-based pre-apprenticeship program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who have previously dropped out of high school. Youth learn vocational skills in construction, as well as in other in-demand industries, including health care, information technology, and hospitality. Youth also provide community service through the required construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods. Youth split their time between the vocational training work site and the classroom, where they earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for postsecondary training opportunities, including college, apprenticeships, and employment. YouthBuild includes significant support systems, such as a mentoring, follow-up education, employment, and personal counseling services; and participation in community service and civic engagement.
Quad YouthBuild AmeriCorps members serve their community while also improving their lives. Crews of young people work mostly outdoors in community improvement or service projects. They can learn valuable occupational skills while serving the community. During their term, members work towards their high school equivalency diploma, prepare for college, and gain work experience. AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their terms of service will earn a Segal Education Award for college.