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.
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
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.
An attitude, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary website, "is a mental position with regard to a fact or state; a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state." The dictionary goes on to state that the word "positive" can be used as "having a good effect; favorable; marked by optimism." Levelle Jackson is the definition of a positive attitude!
He tries to make everyone smile and keep their spirits up. He’s using that positive attitude to get ahead in life by getting his GED and certification in construction, and going on to college for business or real estate. For Levelle, YouthBuild Louisville alumni and his family are the way to success. He wants to change his life and he knows YouthBuild is the way to do that. He advises anyone considering the program, “It’s a good program if you’re serious,” and says it can help anyone get where they need to be to overcome barriers. He’s excited to work on Kosair playhouses and the laundromat building restoration at Duvall's Liquors. Levelle’s proudest moment was the project at Mr. Rob’s house. He loved seeing his reaction and the experience he gained using recycled materials for the work (seeing the television coverage on WHAS11 and WAVE3 was cool too)!
- 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
YouthBuild Louisville Students Visit France
From June 1st-13th, four YouthBuild Louisville students and two staff members traveled to work in the King’s Garden in Versailles, France. Brittany Carson, Nikkia Rhodes, Steffan Hall, and Layfierre Mitchell were accompanied by Cheyenne Orobia and Lynn Rippy. They spent a few days exploring Versailles before getting their hands dirty-literally- in the garden. They learned new techniques for combatting weeds and sold vegetables at the farmer’s market. They also traveled by train, tried new foods, and took in historic sites like Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Click here to read the blog about their adventures.
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...