The online YouthBuild Community of Practice (CoP) is a shared electronic space where grantees can share and review documents, exchange ideas with your peers nationwide, read and comment on blogs, and much more!  This environment fosters continued collaboration and problem solving before and after trainings, conferences and webinars.  In a collaborative environment, grantees can support each other in implementing successful programs, sharing tools, and fostering partnerships. To succeed, we need YouthBuild grantees to join in the discussion and make it your community.

YouthBuild programs give at-risk youth ages 16-24 the opportunity to transform their lives by earning their high school diploma or state-recognized equivalency degree, learning to be community leaders, and preparing for college and other post-secondary training opportunities.  YouthBuild programs provide occupational skills training in construction and other in-demand industries and include a focus on increasing the supply of low-income housing in their local communities.  By providing low-income young people with both education and occupational skills training leading to industry-recognized certifications, as well as the opportunity for community service, YouthBuild programs can help disenfranchised youth to become successful adults.

How do I get started?  We recommend starting on our Homepage where you will find access to regularly updated blogs, videos, links to announcements and news, and more. If you are looking for training and best practice documents, try our Resource Library Page, where you can search by keyword, by resource Topic, or by resource Type.  Our Events page contains information about upcoming events and registration links, as well as links to conference materials from past events.

Check our Blog page for the latest wisdom, news and resources from YouthBuild USA and DOL staff, and you can ask a question, share your success or network with your peers on our Discussion Topics page.

We hope you make this your go-to resource to find and share information and learn from your peers to re-invigorate you in your work and help strengthen your program. We will continue to find ways to make it a valuable resource for you and hope to make it a robust site that keeps you coming back.

Get help or assistance.  If you have questions about how to use this site, visit our Help page for instructions.  If you need further assistance, please contact us at youth.build@dol.gov.