YouthBuild North Shore CDC focuses on low-income young people ages 16 to 24 working toward their high school equivalency diplomas, while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, education, counseling, community service projects with tangible impacts, and future pursuits in college, careers, or both. This national model is comprised of 50% Education, 40 % Construction, and 10% Community Service.

YouthBuild North Shore CDC staff is dedicated to its members and its commitment to the community.

YouthBuild North Shore CDC students are AmeriCorps Members and participate in service activities for 10% of their week. Being a part of the highly visible AmeriCorps program facilitates the transformation of YouthBuild students’ identity. Being known as YouthBuild AmeriCorps members, identifying with national service and community service, and obtaining valuable education awards for postsecondary education put the students into the mainstream of respected American society. Members have to complete 450 service hours within 12 months. At the completion of their hours members will receive a $1500 education award that goes toward their post-secondary education.

“The staff of YouthBuild and the people who support this project should be proud of the work they have done with these young men and women. The students lives have been changed, their eyes hearts and minds opened – they are ready to believe in and work on themselves. It was wonderful to see it in their faces!”

YouthBuild is a program of North Shore Community Development Coalition, with grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, AmeriCorps, and MA DESE.