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We are a YouthBuild PLUS program, meaning participants can earn training and certification in several fields including construction and healthcare (CNA - certified nursing assistant). We put a strong emphasis on hard work, personal development, and genuine relationships. If you are up for a challenge and want to become the best version of yourself, join the YouthBuild family and experience a life change!  

Participants 16-24 years of age and will benefit from the following:

  • A chance to earn a GED or High School Diploma (Partnered with Bridge Academy)

  • Become certified in competitive industries 

  • Receive a daily stipend and supportive services 

  • Connect with apprenticeships and/or employment 

  • Learn valuable life skills

  • Make life-long friendships

If a participant passes our tryout period called Mental Toughness, they will join the next cohort, which lasts for 6-8 months. Every day will be spent focused on academic work, vocational training, and hands-on learning. YouthBuild is a nationwide program brought to you by the Department of Labor. Our program in Benton Harbor is operated by Michigan Works! of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren.

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Michigan Works! is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Michigan Relay Center: 711 Voice and TDD. Michigan Works! is a proud partner of American Job Centers. Supported by the State of Michigan and federal funds.

YouthBuild is a program supported by the Department of Labor.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Berrien Community Foundation.

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