YouthBuild Louisville assists young people in meeting significant life goals, such as preparing for college and careers, by providing services in education, vocational training, community service, case management, placement, and post-graduation support.

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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.  

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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,

part of the original first class from YBL. After graduation, Morgana attended Jefferson Community & Technical College where she received her Associates in Applied Science and Medical Assisting in 2008. She became a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) holding that position for nine years working at various organizations like Family Health Centers and being a part of the team to start the Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center in 2011. Morgana eventually took a CMA position under Dr. Guelda in pediatrics before returning to school at Spalding University in 2015 to get her Bachelor of Science in Social Work. In October, Morgana started her new position at Norton's Neuroscience Institute under Dr. Finizio. Morgana will graduate in June of 2019 and we couldn’t be prouder!

In addition to attending college and working full time, Morgana is also raising two sons, Elijah (19) and Evan (13) and has a wonderful relationship with her boyfriend, Laron. She credits her supportive family and friends, as well as her YouthBuild family, with her continued success! Way to go Morgana!

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

Service Projects

  • 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

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.

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

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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...