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YouthBuild International Charity Profile
The mission of YouthBuild International (YBI) is to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of young people to rebuild their communities and their lives. YouthBuild is grounded in the philosophy that given the right context—an environment filled with respect, a caring community, a positive peer group, a valued role in local communities, an opportunity to develop skills, high standards of self-discipline and performance, and the means to future education and employment—young adults with troubled pasts can transform themselves into productive citizens with viable futures.
YouthBuild International is building a global network of organizations dedicated to reaching, inspiring, training and connecting young people to employment opportunities in both the formal and informal economic sectors. In YouthBuild programs unemployed, young people work to advance their basic education while learning jobs skills, building valued community assets such as housing, community centers, schools, playgrounds, and essential environmental infrastructure. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, citizenship, and community service, coupled with applied skills training focused on job preparation and self- employment through entrepreneurship.
YouthBuild International supports the adaptation and replication of the YouthBuild model around the world. In addition, YouthBuild International provides training, technical assistance and consultation to governments, bi-lateral and multilateral donors, public and private sector employment systems, schools, NGOs and youth groups in the areas of youth employment training, applied basic education, youth enterprise development, leadership and citizenship, construction and community revitalization. YouthBuild International’s success draws on field-tested strategies, effective partnerships, access to broad based public and private resources, and a development approach that is informed by the experience and perspective of young people. YouthBuild through its two operating divisions, YouthBuild International and YouthBuild USA, brings 30 years of experience and expertise in policy development, advocacy, research, institutional capacity building, and on-the-ground practice.
YouthBuild International and YouthBuild USA are operating divisions of YouthBuild USA, Inc. a registered 501©3 corporation in the State of Massachusetts, USA.