What We Do
Since its inception in 2000, YouthBuild Honolulu is an alternative education and occupation skills training program that focuses on preparing non-high school graduates, ages 17.5 to 24 to become part of a critical “young adult pipeline” of workers to replace the many experienced workers who are exiting our workforce in local high growth and high demand industries such as education, health, business services and leisure and hospitality (tourism) while simultaneously increasing the supply of affordable housing for Honolulu’s low-income families.
YouthBuild Honolulu and its network of partners will provide education, training and related services such as alternative high school diploma program, tutoring, pre-apprenticeship construction training leading to an industry recognized credential, hands-on construction skills training, leadership development, employment preparation, career exploration and planning and much more. After completing the program, youth receive 12-months of follow up services to help them secure and retain jobs, enter post-secondary education and stay in school which eventually will lead to a degree or credential and higher wages.
Staff is committed to building and maintaining positive and respectful relationships with the young people and individuals such as family members who support them throughout their participation in the program. The progress of the youth is closely monitored to ensure staff can respond quickly to concerns posed by youth or their program supporters. Youth will have an opportunity to learn their cultural values and practices that encourage positive well-being and build self-confidence. Throughout the program, staff will encourage youth to learn new ways to manage their lives and prepare for their future.