YouthBuild is a six month job training pre-apprentice program for youth ages 18-24. YouthBuild offers GED/HSD completion, case management support, job readiness training, and pre-apprenticeship training. Youth also acquire teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

Youth work on a 2 week rotating schedule; one week participating in GED/HSD completion and job readiness training, and the others learning construction skills in the shop. In shop you receive an introduction to the building trades, along with 6 industry certifications including Multi-Core Craft Curriculum (MC3) which readies students for entry jobs in construction and related industries. 

After youth graduate they receive 12 months of follow-up from their case manager to continue to help support them in achieving their goals, including to place students in apprenticeship programs in the trades.

YouthBuild is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 

80% of the YouthBuild project is financed with federal funds, amounting to a total of $471,067 per year over the contract period.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Between ages 18–24
  • Classified as low income
  • Have NOT received GED or high school diploma
  • Able to commit to a 6-month, full-time program and willing to develop employment and educational goals
  • Ready to work hard on own and as part of a team

To apply:

  • Complete a YouthBuild application.
  • Attend a YouthBuild Orientation (see flyer).
  • Submit copies of state ID and your Social Security Number with the application (if you don’t have ID, we can help you get it).

YouthBuild Schedule:

Please contact us to learn when the next program will begin.


South Seattle Community College (Georgetown Campus)

For additional information:

Contact the YouthBuild Case Manager at or (206) 617-4476.