Seattle tops the nation with the highest number of cranes in the sky. Yet across the country, employers are struggling to find skilled workers to construct their buildings and operate their cranes. YouthCare’s YouthBuild program addresses that gap.

YouthBuild is an evidence-based, pre-apprenticeship program certified by the state and run out of South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus. Of the 260 nationally-affiliated YouthBuild programs across the country, YouthCare’s YouthBuild is one of the only programs to specifically recruit homeless and court-involved youth.

Throughout their six months in the program, participants ages 18-24 earn a weekly stipend while studying for their high school diploma or equivalent, gaining skills needed to join the workforce, and giving back to the community by building affordable housing for Habitat for Humanity and tiny homes for the Low Income Housing Institute. Approximately thirty students graduate each year with six industry certifications and thirty-eight college credits. Graduates receive nine months of follow-up support, including case management, resume and interview tips, and job placement assistance.

Youthbuild participants doing construction
Photo credit: Tim Matsui

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ages 18-24
  • Must be SNAP eligible and willing/able to enroll in benefits
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Able to commit to a full-time training program for six months
  • Willing to develop, work towards, and achieve employment, case management, and education goals
  • Ready and willing to work hard independently and as a team

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

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Contact the YouthBuild Program Manager to apply or learn more about the program