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.
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.
- 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 a Historic Preservation Window Workshop
- 4 Students participated in two-week intensive apprenticeship in France
- 2 Houses rehabbed
- 2 Playhouses built 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...