This report details YouthBuild USA's efforts to reduce recividism of criminally adjudicated members of its student population.
The YouthBuild SMART (Start Making a Real Transformation) Initiative, funded by the Department of Labor, started as a pilot program of nine YouthBuild programs. The SMART Initiative incorporated a number of features already found within the YouthBuild USA support system. Other key features of the SMART Initiative’s successes include partnerships with correctional institutions, flexible programming, andtrauma training and mental health support.
The SMART program started with the assertion that the YouthBuild model is by design a comprehensive model bolstered by a focus on leadership development, a caring and supportive staff, counseling, vocational training, post-program placement, and graduate support.