Build Your Future with YouthBuild!

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YouthBuild is an 34 week workforce development program that helps youth set and achieve employment and training goals and removes barriers to success through hands on vocational learning, soft skill development, and preparation for the High School Equivalency exam (HSE). Our vocational learning prepares youth for several career pathways with an emphasis on Construction, and Culinary Industries. YouthBuild provides wrap around services such as case management and transitional planning and follows its members for a minimum of 12 months after exit. All of our members are co-enrolled in the AmeriCorps initiative as quarter-time members. This means that each member has one year to earn 450 hours in service to their community. Much of that service is done in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Capital District and various other community partners on a construction work site. If they complete those 450 hours, they have access to a $1500 scholarship!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Ages 16-24
  • Need to prepare for your High School Equivalency (formerly GED) or a career
  • Looking to make a positive transformation

Our YouthBuild program is currently being run in collaboration with the SEAT Center in Schenectady.  Classes and programming take place in Schenectady, but are open to residents of the Capital District. Learn more about the SEAT Center. 




YouthBuild is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. It is funded in part by the US Department of Labor and AmeriCorps.



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The US Department of Labor funds 75% of the YouthBuild Troy program, committing $1,100,000 in federal dollars. The remaining 25% ($275,000) of the project budget is financed through nongovernmental sources.

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