Programs: YouthBuild

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November 30, 2010

Facilitating Job Training & Workforce Development

Fund Amount: $1,580,000 Grant

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The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund awarded a grant to YouthBuild International to encourage long-term reconstruction in Haiti. The grant addresses the challenges facing the one million youth entering the workforce through 2015. The project supports the creation of education and skills development centers throughout Haiti where more than 9,000 Haitian youth will receive vocational training in construction and learn leadership skills for the future. Beginning with two centers that will serve approximately 1,320 at-risk youth in Léogâne and Gressier, this program enables Haiti’s youth to participate in long-term reconstruction and development.

Each center provides training in construction skills; leadership development, financial literacy, and basic education classes; a stipend, equipment, uniforms, a daily meal, travel allowance; and a starter set of hand tools for participants that allows trainees to become immediately employable upon graduation.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s investment expands the current YouthBuild International partnership with IDEJEN, a Haitian nonprofit organization that works with at-risk young people.

Why We Invested in YouthBuild

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's grant to YouthBuild reflects our commitment to investing in Haiti's human capital through vocational training — especially for youth and in the construction sector.

Transforming Lives and Livelihoods

  • Constructed the first two of 12 planned centers in Léogâne and Gressier, and trained over 1,059 youth in total.
  • Provided a $25 match of trainees’ savings contributions.
  • Supported leadership training for the Build Back Better Youth Corps.
  • Provided six months of follow-up support as trainees seek viable employment opportunities or pursue self-employment.

About YouthBuild International

The mission of YouthBuild International (YBI) is to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of socially-excluded youth in transforming their lives and rebuilding their communities.

YouthBuild International is building a global network of programs dedicated to reaching, inspiring, preparing and connecting out of school, unemployed young people to viable employment opportunities. In YouthBuild programs, young people, ages 16–28, acquire basic education, job readiness, technical training, and leadership skills while building permanent community assets such as housing, community centers, schools, playgrounds and 'green' infrastructure. YouthBuild adaptation and replication activities are now unfolding in 16 countries.

In the U.S., YouthBuild supports a network of 272 independent programs in 44 states engaging 10,000 young people each year. Since 1994, more than 84,000 YouthBuild students have produced over 18,000 units of low-income housing. YouthBuild has received over $755 million in federal support and has leveraged an additional $1.2 billion in local support for program operations.

President Obama recently increased YB funding by $50 million, identifying it as the single national youth development program likely to show immediate impact on the rolls of unemployed young adults. YouthBuild runs the largest, national community service program in the U.S. which targets, low income, unemployed, youth, 40% of who are adjudicated and re-entering communities from locked facilities. Since, 1994 YB students and graduates have logged millions of service hours in a full range of service projects in urban, rural and tribal settings.

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View the YouthBuild Fact Sheet