YOUTHBUILD COLUMBIA PROGRAM
Every year, thousands of disadvantaged youth drop out of high school, starting down a road that too often leads to poverty, dependence, and crime. *YouthBuild helps youth choose the more productive path toward self-sufficiency by enabling them to earn a GED and gain marketable construction skills. In YouthBuild, participants spend time learning in the classroom, earning income as a trainee at construction sites, and contributing to their community by helping to build or rehabilitate affordable housing.
YouthBuild Columbia programs offer educational and job training services, leadership training, counseling and other supportive services, as well as on-site training in housing construction.
YouthBuild Columbia pays for the costs of:
GED preparation and Adult Education
Participant wages for construction training
Participant stipends for classroom training
Other training related service
*YouthBuild Columbia is funded by the US Department of Labor.
For more information about the YouthBuild USA Foundation please click here
We are currently accepting applications for YouthBuild Columbia
16-24 years old
Have not earned a GED or High School Diploma
Unemployed or underemployed
Must reside in the Columbia Empowerment Zone area and/or in Richland or Lexington County
For an application please click here
Please call 803.705.4631 or 803.705.4682 for more information
PARTICIPANT SUCCESS STORIES
Meet Ms. Fanny Moore
Before YouthBuild, Fanny was unsure about many things in her life and making bad decisions that would impact her future. After YouthBuild, Fanny is taking steps to build the life she wants for her children and herself. Fanny shares her story of success.