Introduction to
YouthBuild
By Norman Greenfield
ABC Learn, Inc. DBA
San Fernando Valley YouthBuild,
in Pacoima, California
Workshop Objectives
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Examine need for YouthBuild Program
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YouthBuild Model
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MOU’s & Funding
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Is a YouthBuild right for you?
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The National Picture
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1.2 million high school students did
not graduate on time (2011)
6.7 Million out-of-school, unemployed
youth in the U.S. (2012)
3 million drop out of school every year
9.3 % of HS dropouts are in jail or
detention
only 200,000 youth are served by all
programs including Job Corps, YB, CC.
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Cost to change a Nation
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$22,000 Investment per member in
YouthBuild
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$50,000 to incarcerate a youth per year
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$775,900 monetary value to save a high-risk
youth
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YouthBuild addresses need
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1978 YouthBuild starts in East Harlem
1990 YB becomes YB USA in 20 cities
1994 HUD provides funding for YB
2006 YB authorized under HUD Fed Budget
2007 YB transferred to DOL funding
2012 273-YB Sites in USA
2011 56-YB Sites in 12 Int’l Countries
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YouthBuild Members
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100% Low Income
94% Need HS Diploma or GED
Youth 16-24 Years of Age
45% Public Assistance
32% Court Involved
31% are parents
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YouthBuild is . . .
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Developing positive, caring
relationships with adults and
peers
In a highly-structured, safe,
supportive learning
environment
Mastering new skills, knowledge
and attitudes
In service to others in need in
their community
And creating hope and
opportunities for their own
future
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A Typical YouthBuild Program
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30-50 Youth in Program
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Youth ages 16-24 years of age
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Require 6 months to 2 years of education
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Requires 6-10 Staff
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A Typical YouthBuild Program
5 components
EDUCATION
CONSTRUCTION
LEADERSHIP
CASE MGMT/
COUNSELING
CAREER
DEVELOPMENT/
GRADUATE
RESOURCES
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Required Staff
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YouthBuild Director
Program Manager
Construction Manager
Administrative Staff
Bookkeeper/Receptionist
6-Program Staff:
Career Planner/Construction staff/
2-Teachers/Counselor(MSW)
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YouthBuild Model is Flexible
501 (c)(3)
 Educational Institute
Alternative school
Ed Institution
Community/Technical College
*CBO – i.e. Community Development
Corporation
*Large Agency/Municipality
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My Program
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1-Executive Director
1-Program Manager/Mentoring Director
1-Constuction Manager
5-Teachers (ADA) 1/20 students
1-Registrar (ADA)
1-Receptionist
1-Security Guard (ADA)
1-MSW, with 5-Interns (MOU)
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My YouthBuild Program Staff
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Post Secondary Education/Career Consultant
2-Life Skills Teachers (MOU)
1-Mentoring/Program assistant (Grant)
Part-time accountant
2-Maintenance staff
1-Food Service Part-time
2-Food Service Contractor
Media Arts Consultant
Financial Literacy (MOU)
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Pros and Cons
Stand Alone
501 c3
Strong program cohesion,
retain integrity of design
Burdensome to manage
finances and housing project
CBO
Potential for strong
integration, cohesive
environment, create linkages
for young people
Program isolation is YB not
CD; components outsourced;
staff time becomes split
Educational
Institution
Strong academic and
curriculum integration;
strong graduate
opportunities; strong
community relationships and
partnerships
Limited understanding of
model; funding becomes
dispersed; program staff lack
financial control
Large
agencies
Strong fiscal capacity; strong Limited understanding and
community partners; strong
commitment to program
graduate opportunities
model; lack of cohesion for
y.p. and staff; staff time
becomes split; funding
becomes dispersed; program
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Sample YouthBuild Budget
$400,000
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Sustainability
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Grants:
DOL Potential 1.1 Million
NSI $100,000 Pass through Grant (YB)
DOJ Mentoring $100K Pass through (YB)
Local Grants
Donations in process
Self Funding (SES Profitability)
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YouthBuild USA
Program Services
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Resources and Materials
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Website
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Academy Trainings
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Technical Assistance
(limited)
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Fee for Service
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Questions/ Comments
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Goodbye
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Introduction to YouthBuild