YouthBuild North Shore

Earn while you learn! YouthBuild is a community workforce development program designed to serve the needs of young adults aged between 16 and 24. 

Through YouthBuild, young people work towards their High School Equivalency Diploma, learn job skills, and become certified pre-apprentice level construction workers or certified nursing assistants. Our program model integrates education, leadership development, counseling, construction or health care, and other training skills areas, along with resources for graduates.

If you or someone you know if interested in learning more about YouthBuild, contact Assistant Director Alysha Howes at or call 978-209-6868 Ext. 116.



YouthBuild provides academic instruction to young people ages 16-24, who are preparing for the workforce or college access. YouthBuild prepares members to take the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). The education component uses the Common Core Curriculum to provide students with an opportunity to improve their academic skills through small classroom instruction, group work, one-on-one tutoring and team building.


By providing education, workforce development, and opportunity, North Shore CDC’s Young Parent Program empowers young parents to take positive control over their lives. Through this program, teen parents and pregnant teens have the opportunity to complete their high-school education through the HiSET test and attain extensive vocational training in addition to supportive counseling, life and parenting skills training, job search assistance, career exploration and more.

For more information contact YouthBuild Assistant Director, Alysha Howes at or 978-209-6868 Ext. 116.



YouthBuild provides hands on industry recognized training in construction through the National Center for Education and Research Certification as well as certification in the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA-10). While receiving credentialing participants also assist with the construction, rehabilitation, and renovation of affordable housing on the North Shore and use their construction skills to assist the community with service projects like Build Day.


As a part of the Youth Build program, students participate in Customer Service Excellence Training (CSET) which provides 40 hours of intense in class training followed by 40 hours of on-the-job training at an internship. CSET includes a foundational hands-on introduction to core communication and customer service competencies that cross over multiple career pathways to prepare participants for placement into successful high demand employment opportunities.



YouthBuild provides supportive services for crisis management, problem-solving, goal-setting, and future planning. Members participate in peer counseling, referrals to outside agencies, and life skill workshops, and work with a Life Coach weekly to address past and present challenges and develop a plan for the future.

Members can also participate in either a weekly Men’s Group or Women’s Group, which act as both a support group and an opportunity to share, learn, and grow.


Members work with the Transition Coordinator to prepare for life post-YouthBuild. Through goal-setting, members choose their path in employment, training, or college. Graduates have the opportunity to be placed with one of our Employment or Education Partners in addition to receiving one year of follow-up support and services as well as a lifetime membership to our Alumni Council.

YouthBuild North Shore CDC is a program of North Shore Community Development Coalition, with grant funding provided by the United States Department of Labor, the Department of Transitional Assistance, AmeriCorps, Massachusetts DESE, the City of Salem, WIOA, MassHire, Amelia Peabody Foundation, and the Gerondelis Foundation. North Shore Community Development Coalition is an equal opportunity employer program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request.