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 of Southwest Michigan)
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.
Every 3rd Friday of the month we have Family Fridays from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. It is a time for the students to relax and unwind. A time to have fun and connect, students to students, students to staff and we also encourage students to invite friends and family. It is an opportunity to share and inform family and friends about the program and tour the facility. A time for students to share the current projects they are working on and their accomplishments. At this event we offer a meal and refreshments, as well as various activities that promote teamwork and interaction.