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We love it when community members look to engage with YouthBuild Louisville. Be sure to keep track of us on social media, and we'll be sure to keep you posted on all of our upcoming events. Let us know if would like to volunteer, and we'll work with you to find the perfect fit.

Call 502-290-6121 or email anytime to find out what you can do to be a part of the team!

Student Spotlight

Earning 450 community service hours is a requirement for all YouthBuild Louisville students, but Layfierre Mitchell isn’t satisfied with that. He’s setting his goal on serving others higher than average and aiming to complete 900 by the time he graduates the program in May! Layfierre has served in soup kitchens, planted trees and participates in regular neighborhood cleanups. He says he finds volunteering fun and the variety of programs he’s been able to serve at make it even more enjoyable because there’s always something new to do!

Layfierre was the first student in the current class to earn his GED and is interested in the construction classes he’s taking, but he really loves landscaping and the sense of accomplishment in making something beautiful. He says he wears his YouthBuildLouisville sweatshirt everywhere he goes and he’s become a familiar sight to some neighbors who come up and say hi, or join in the project he’s working on.

Layfierre's mother is proud of him for his hard work and coming to YouthBuild has restored his own confidence. He hopes to save money, go to college and work with computers in the future. His philosophy about service is that people should do it for the right reasons- not to brag, but to help others. Layfierre says the best way to encourage others to serve in the community is for him to keep volunteering, and he plans to keep serving long after he graduates!

Fast Facts!

       2014-2015 HIGHLIGHTS

  • 17,803 hours of community service completed for AmeriCorps
  • 150 Street trees planted
  • 118.1 Years of educational upgrades achieved
  • 26 Construction (PACT) certifications earned
  • 23 Agencies served, reaching over 180 people
  • 18 Students placed into full- or part-time jobs
  • 17 Heading to college in the fall
  • 11 GEDs obtained
  • 7 Students completed an Historic Presevation Window Workshop
  • 4 Students participated in two week intensive apprenticeship in France
  • 2 Houses rehabbed
  • 2 Playhouses build for Kosair Kids

Words from Director Lynn Rippy

Over the past month, the Smoke and Soul students and Chef Ed Lee have been busy preparing a Valentine themed “Sweet and Spicy” menu which they served at their third “Pop-Up Dinner” on February 11th at the Wine Studio across from 610 Magnolia. Each dinner was highly anticipated, sold out and prepared completely by the young people in our piloted culinary class known as Smoke and Soul. The students graduated from the Culinary program on March 5th.

The last two months have been productive as FIVE of our students have earned their GED certifications and 76% of students in the Fall class have already earned their Pre-Apprentice Certifications in Carpentry, First Aid/CPR, OSHA 10 and Personal Protective Equipment.

* Did you know that GED graduates will earn about $500,000 more in their lifetime than someone without a GED?

* Did you know that apprenticeship training (learning while earning), increases hourly wages earning by another $2 – $7.50 per hour with carpentry jobs paying over $20.00 per hour?

* Did you know that journeymen carpenters earn an average of $30.00 per hour?

YBL Working on Muhammad Ali’s childhood home

ali home 






LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee for the YouthBuild team, the summer heat did not hinder their champion work ethic. YouthBuild's SummerWorks participants was the first group selected to begin demolition on the childhood home of a Louisville legend. Read more...

GE Give A Day: Smoketown Streetscape Video

On Friday, October 17, 2014 South Preston Street was closed from Broadway to Breckinridge to make room for a day-long streetscape revitalization project. GE Volunteers and community partners united to transform three blocks of the Smoketown neighborhood into a pedestrian-friendly corridor, complete with bus shelters, a wiffle ball field, benches, new crosswalks, “Smoketown Neighborhood” waste bins, and more than 16 bike racks. Read more...