Across the nation, young people are transforming their lives and rebuilding their communities. They are graduating from High School, supporting their families and becoming community leaders. They are doing it with the help of YouthBuild.

About YouthBuild:

YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24.

Youth learn construction skills while constructing or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods.

Youth split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their GED or high school diploma, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for college and other postsecondary training opportunities.

YouthBuild includes significant support systems, such as a mentoring, follow-up education, employment, and personal counseling services; and participation in community service and civic engagement. There are over 220 DOL funded YouthBuild programs in 43 states serving over 6000 youth per year.

The Quad YouthBuild program has been in operation since 2009. Administered by Quad Area Community Action Agency and funded by the Department of Labor (DOL).

Alternative School, in which young people attend a YouthBuild school full-time on alternate weeks, studying for their GED. Classes are small, allowing one-on-one attention to students.

Job Training and Pre-Apprenticeship Program, in which young people get close supervision and training in construction skills full-time on alternate weeks from qualified instructors.

Community Service Program, in which young people build housing for homeless and other low-income people, providing a valuable and visible commodity for their hard-pressed communities.

Leadership Development and Civic Engagement Program, in which young people share in the governance of their own program through an elected policy committee and participate actively in community affairs, learning the values and the lifelong commitment needed to be effective and ethical community leaders.

Youth Development Program, in which young people participate in personal counseling, peer support groups, and life planning processes that assist them in healing from past hurts, overcoming negative habits and attitudes, and achieving goals that will establish a productive life.

Long-Term Mini-Community, in which young people make new friends committed to a positive lifestyle, pursue cultural and recreational activities together, and can continue to participate for years through the YouthBuild alumni association.

Community Development Program, in which community-based organizations obtain the resources to tackle several key community issues at once, strengthening their capacity to build and manage housing for their residents, educate and inspire their youth, create leadership for the future, and generally take responsibility for their neighborhoods.

Benefits of YouthBuild

What is YouthBuild?

Quad YouthBuild is a 9-month construction training program that offers :

  1. Construction training for young adults

  2. Paid employment for renovation projects

  3. Skills and basic education towards completing a GED

  4. Training in community leadership

  5. Job placement or continuing education upon program completion

Since 1994, more than 120,000 Youth-Build students have produced over 22,000 units of affordable, increasingly green-housing in rural and urban communities across the United States.

Who Qualifies for YouthBuild?

If you are a young adult and your are:

  1. Focused, committed, and reliable

  2. Interested in learning a Construction industry trade

  3. Interested in helping to build housing in your community

  4. and you are 16-24 years of age...


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Crystal Pena - Director

Tommy Bergeron - Construction Manager

Donna Bliss - Job Developer

Casey Jones - Academic Teacher/Transitions Coordinator

Jim Richardson - Academic Teacher

Amanda Millette - Construction Trainer

Miranda Valentine - Program Assistant

Toni Jackson - Case Manager

Quad YouthBuild is administered by Quad Area Community C.A.A. This project is funded 100% by federal grant awards totaling $1,248,900. Project is funded 88% ($1,100,000) by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration, 4% ($48,900) by CNCS YouthBuild AmeriCorps, and 8% ($100,000) by Louisiana Workforce Development Area 20. This program is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.