Green Campus

What is “YouthBuild Louisville Green Campus”?

YouthBuild Louisville is building an LEED-certified campus that is also home to an organic garden and orchard, rain garden, a flock of chickens, and an outdoor classroom.  The Roots of Success curriculum and  Urban Conservation Corps guide our environmental education program. Youth oversee and maintain 160 trees planted around YouthBuild’s campus and Smoketown neighborhood by GE Appliances & Lighting volunteers, Love Louisville Trees, Future Farmers of America, and YouthBuild students in Fall 2014.  By redefining YouthBuild Louisville as a “Green Campus” we are creating integrated learning environments within the urban context. Our inviting “Green Campus”  provides traditional classroom settings in an academic building, workspace in the agri-art barn, construction shop and natural landscape for all subject areas through experiential and inspired learning. Our campus is often used for community meetings and events.


What’s next? Phase II and Campus Sustainability

YouthBuild Louisville’s Green Campus is a living laboratory and incubator to improve the personal, social and economic health of our youth, neighbors, and community. The new education building expansion and integrated green campus are catalysts for necessary services while providing supportive, sustainable revenue streams for the future of the Agency.

We are raising $1.2M for completion and sustainability. The new facilities and building completion features are designed, engineered, and permitted. Please spread the word and join in our campaign to complete the facilities by Summer 2016. Donations of cash and specified materials are most welcome!

The new additions to the built environment of the campus will include:

· Certified Nursing Assistant Program Classroom
· Kitchen expansion for Culinary Track preparedness
· Environmental Education Laboratory Classroom
· Project Warm Weatherization Program Space
· Job Training Center
· Education & Training Space
· Case Management Counseling Suite
· Fitness/Health Training Room
· Community Meeting Space
· Administrative Staff Offices
· Urban Agriculture and Art Barn
· Cedar Garden Product Line Wood Workshop

Please join us in making the changes we all want to see for our youth and community. For a tour and more information about our Green Campus development fund please contact Special Projects Manager, Robin Burke (502) 290-6121



Completing Phase II will provide a comprehensive space to better serve local youth and families, and contribute to Smoketown’s long-term community vitality.

Expanded Youth Job Training
YBL anticipates a 30% enrollment increase each year for the next 3 years. Phase II builds capacity to connect more opportunity youth to education and employment, improve academic standings and vocational skills, and increase the overall number of years young people are enrolled in school and connected with employment.

Sustainable Training Environment
The built environments on the Green Campus are living laboratories that encourage students and visitors to engage in preservation, natural resource conservation, and personal health and wellness. Guided by LEED standards, expert planning, design, and management, Phase II fosters pride and sustainability. YouthBuild’s Phase II building will complete a beautiful, clean and safe campus that is designed to experience care, enhance knowledge of ecology, and encourage desirable social interactions.

Improved Quality of Life
On-campus community partners will provide additional instruction. With training rooms and extended hours, YBL and HARAMBEE Clinic will positively affect Smoketown's disparate life expectancy rates, HIV prevalence, population obesity and diabetes, immunizations, and medical service availability. Project Warm, Jewish Family & Career Services, HAZMAT Kentucky, and IDEASxLab will have physical space to offer advanced education, job training, and credential opportunities to more community members. This will increase abilities for neighbors and businesses to thrive and improve the vitality of our community.

Positive Economic Growth
YBL implements economic development strategies aimed at fostering growth, promoting employment and paving the way for improved well-being. Phase II will provide a flexible space to assist corporate partners with training for their workforce to meet entry level requirements while filling a critical need for education and employment for young adults in extreme poverty in order to support current workplace needs. The long term goals of an enhanced operating environment and improved community conditions positively affect income and economic stability, unemployment rates, property valuation, and livability. Increased organizational support assures the sustainability of YBL as a community economic anchor.


With broad community support and hands-on hard work, YouthBuild Louisville transformed a vacant and blighted urban commercial space into an oasis of beauty and thoughtfully integrated learning spaces in the heart of Smoketown. YouthBuild Louisville (YBL) consolidated the 8 parcels of land located at 800-826 South Preston Street in the Smoketown neighborhood. YouthBuild develops and provides essential programs and services for young people concurrent with the evolving landscape of our campus and community. This thriving corner of Smoketown is an anchor and essential for the well-being of the youth we serve and the growing economic health of the neighborhood.