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.
French Exchange Fête
Thank you to everyone who attended our French Exchange Fête!
We look forward to seeing you all next year!
Building Lives Breakfast
Many thanks to all who joined us for our Building Lives Breakfast!
Additional thanks to our sponsors for their support: AT&T, Kosair Charities, Republic Bank, PNC Bank, Air Equipment Company, TARC, Borders & Borders, PLC, Building Industry Association, Louisville Metro Housing Authority, IDEASxLab, and River City Bank.
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
Devontae Pearson is in the student spotlight this month for his exceptional contributions and dedication to the YouthBuild Louisville (YBL) program. After being referred by St. John's to join YBL, Devontae set his mind and efforts on attaining his GED, attending college and getting certifications in Construction and as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
While attending the YBL program, Devontae has been commended for his positive solution-oriented behavior. He is currently working on completing the program with perfect attendance and enjoys participating in group activities such as working on Kosair playhouses. Devontae strives to be a good role model for others, avoiding arguments, offering help where needed, and promoting abstinence from smoking and drinking. In his free time, he enjoys skating, bowling and playing XBOX.
Devontae has spoken at YBL's March Building Lives Luncheon and Kosair's Playhouse Reveal. He used these events as an opportunity to be courageous and open up about his personal experiences. His hard work and dedication have earned him the opportunity to participate in this year's French Exchange Program in June where he will go with YBL staff and students to work in the Garden of Versailles for two weeks.
Devontae offered his advice to incoming students joining YBL, "Stay dedicated, motivated and show up every day. Waking up every day is all the motivation needed." Devontae's time at YBL has helped him open up to people and strive to help those in need. He has proven himself to be a confident and reliable student over time and is a shining example of what can happen when you try your best to accomplish life goals.
- 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
- Blackacre State Nature Preserve Gazebo
- Louisville Metro Parks - Adirondack Chairs at Joe Creason Park
- Louisville Metro Parks - Foyer Bookshelves at Main Office
- Jefferson Memorial Forest - 2 Education Buildings
“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.
Thanks to a significant contribution from our steadfast partner, Louisville Metro Government, we were able to announce the groundbreaking of our final campus building. It will house more year-round programs for young people, a job center for our neighborhood and community, a
fitness center, a new home for our partner, Project Warm, and counseling suite for our amazing case managers.
During the planning of this expansion, YouthBuild was privileged to be given the contract to manage the Mayor’s SummerWorks program recruiting thousands of local youth and assisting them into the summer job market. This project has allowed us to continue to serve the most vulnerable and resilient youth. Six local nonprofits applied and were awarded grants to offer project-based learning through work experiences that built skills and community.
This growth has allowed for headway in implementing YouthBuild Louisville’s strategic plan. On behalf of our dedicated staff, Board and the youth we serve, I thank you for your support. Your belief in our work makes it possible for young people in this community to thrive and raise their young families in ways they never imagined possible.”
YBL Working on Muhammad Ali’s childhood 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...