YouthBuild Phoenix helps young people ages 18-24 work full-time for 8 months toward their GED while learning job skills by building affordable housing in the community. 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.
The YouthBuild Program Offers:
Alternative School, attend school full-time on alternate weeks, studying for a GED. Classes are small, allowing one-on-one attention to students.
Job training and pre-apprenticeship, get close supervision and training in construction skills full-time on alternate weeks from qualified instructors.
Community service, build housing for homeless and other low-income people, providing a valuable and visible commodity for their hard-pressed communities.
Leadership development and civic engagement, share in the governance of the program through an elected policy committee and participate actively in community affairs, learning the values and the lifelong commitment needed to be effective and ethical community leaders.
Youth development, participate in personal counseling, peer support groups, and life planning processes that will assist with healing from past hurts, overcoming negative habits and attitudes and achieving goals that will establish a productive life.
Career Pathways Programs
The Career Pathway programs assist youth with gaining marketable credentials and employment in high demand and high growth industries in Maricopa County. Career Pathways is intended to provide a path to further education and training and eventually, a career that leads to self-sufficiency.
The Career Pathway component is comprised of three interconnected elements:
Short-term (10-20 weeks) training in a high-demand area, provided by the local community college.
Hands-on experience in the targeted career path, where youth are placed with industry employers for practical application of the skills learned in the classroom. Internships (work experiences) are developed with the intent of full-time job placement following successful completion of training.
Support from a Career Advisor to address challenges that may prevent youth from completing a post-secondary programs, access to education resources, and guidance in life and career decision-making. A Career Advisor will also work closely with youth to facilitate the transition between training and employment.
ACYR has partnered with:
Estrella Mountain Community College/SouthWest Skill Center (Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant)
Phoenix College/Phoenix College Downtown (Pharmacy Technician, Conservation and Resource Management Field School Program)
GateWay Community College (A+ Certification)
Bureau of Land Management/Student Conservation Association
The Conservation and Resource Management Field Certification Program, also known as the “Field School”, is a 16-week program that provides opportunities for youth (ages 18-21) to gain hands-on work experience in natural resources through a variety of field-based conservation projects, trainings, and certifications. As a classroom and field-based program, youth participants will be introduced to natural resources and career opportunities working and learning alongside resource management professionals, gaining tangible skills and making a substantial contribution to our natural and cultural treasures.