Youthbuild Rockford

YouthBuild is a unique program serving out of school youth ages 16-24 who are from low-income communities, have dropped out of school and are unemployed. It provides academic education, vocational skills training, personal counseling , positive peer support, leadership development, job placement and follow-up support. Young people spend half their time in academic programming, and half learning skills in construction or computer technology.

Participants build or rehabilitate housing for low-income families, and have produced 25 units of housing in Rockford since the program began. Since 1995, YouthBuild Rockford has seen over 2,100 youth apply, and has served 400+ young people. 90% of program completers have been placed in jobs or educational programs, and youth have completed over 94,000 hours of community service.

Leadership development is a key part of the program, with classes, activities, and leadership positions within the organization providing a foundation for preparing youth to play important roles in their communities. Youth participate in the governance of the program through an elected Youth Policy Council and Community Leadership Committee; serve on local, state and national groups, including the Illinois YouthBuild Coalition, the national YouthBuild Young Leaders and Alumni Council, and others. Graduates have the opportunity to serve on the agency Board of Directors.

How to Enroll into YouthBuild Rockford




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These programs are funded through a contract with the U.S. Department of Labor for the purpose of creating a competitive, skilled and educated workforce to advance the economic vitality of communities in the bi-county area.

Equal opportunity employer/program.

Auxillary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

This program is subject to the provisions of the “Jobs For Veteran’s Act” Public Law 107-288, which provides priority of service to veterans and spouses of certain veterans.