YouthBuild was created in 1978 by Dorothy Stoneman. She envisioned a program that would give the youth in East Harlem an opportunity to succeed–she helped them to get their GED as they worked on building housing for the homeless. By 1992, the program had been replicated in 20 cities. Today, there are 273 YouthBuild programs in 46 states.
Mile High Youth Corps’ YouthBuild program is the only one in the state of Colorado. Since it’s inception in 2003, it has helped 155 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 to earn their GED/High School Diploma. In turn, these Corpsmembers have constructed 694 units of affordable housing and earned $61,565 worth of education awards in order to pursue post-secondary education.
What is it about MHYC’s YouthBuild program that helps our Corpsmembers succeed?
MHYC provides the YouthBuild Corpsmembers with a smaller classroom and a more personal learning experience. Many of our Corpsmembers come to us because they did not thrive in a traditional high school. At MHYC, there is plenty of opportunity for one-on-one time. Everyone is encouraged to work at their own speed, and no one is left behind.
The classroom also provides a unique environment for learners. Most have faced similar situations, and they view this as a second chance. “Everyone is here for the same reason,” says Lawrence Pham, 2013 YouthBuild graduate.
MHYC pays for the YouthBuilders’ GED testing, and the Corpsmembers earn a small living stipend to help with expenses during the program.
Corpsmembers are encouraged to think beyond their GED. They receive an AmeriCorps education award for completing the YouthBuild program, which can be used to pursue post-secondary education.
Are you or someone you know between the ages of 18 to 24 and interested in earning their GED while helping out their community? Apply today!