Our mission is to champion young adults to be great citizens who build productive lives and sustainable communities.

YouthBuild Louisville is an education, job training and leadership program that provides low-income young adults ages 18-24 opportunities to realize their potential as active community leaders and an educated workforce for Louisville. Our vision is that through the development of life and job skills, students are inspired to reach lifelong success as they become strong, confident young adults with a commitment to work, education, family, and community.

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2016-2017 Louisville Metro Council Meeting

Watch as YouthBuild Louisville student, Derrick Vincent, makes a presentation to Louisville Metro Council on the importance of the program in the lives of urban youth.  

Get Involved with YouthBuild Louisville

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.

Student Spotlight

Morgana Dockery

YouthBuild is proud of all of our graduates and their accomplishments after leaving the program. Many former students stay connected and update us throughout their journey. Morgana Dockery graduated from YouthBuild in 2002,
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Fast Facts!

2016-2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • 19,172 Hours of Community Service Completed for AmeriCorps
  • 47 Construction (PACT) Certifications Earned
  • 46 Students Placed Into Full- or Part-Time Jobs
  • 43 Educational Upgrades Achieved
  • 23 GEDs Obtained
  • 22 Service Projects Completed
  • 16 Graduates Heading to College in the Fall
  • 10 New Trees Planted
  • 4 Students Participated in Two-Week Internship in France
  • 4 Houses Rehabbed
  • 2 Houses Weatherized
  • 2 Playhouses Built for Kosair Kids
  • 2 Wheelchair Ramps Built for Community Residents

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Letter from Director, Lynn Rippy

“Fiscal year 2016/17 presented YouthBuild Louisville with the opportunity to test some of our greatest strengths: our resilience during growth, the commitment of supporters and partners, and our resolve to sustain our transformational work with our communities’ young people. In December 2016, YouthBuild held its first Building Lives Breakfast for 550 of our newest and oldest friends. The loyalty of our supporters and an unwavering focus on the well-being of our young people enabled us to tell our story through the voices of graduates. This event generated community support we have not known before and inspired 18 people to become charter members of the Building Lives Society.
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YBL Working on Muhammad Ali’s childhood home

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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...