This concept paper is written from the perspective of some of the teachers in the YouthBuild movement. The paper addresses and makes recommendations for improving programming on the most important education issues facing YouthBuild programs.

The paper focuses on five issues key to successful student learning and achievement: time, professionalism, the physical learning environment, program culture, and professional development. The goals of this paper are to improve the ability to reach shared program goals and outcomes such as quality learning and authentic leadership development, as well as improve the relationships between YouthBuild administrators and educators.