Youthbuild

Earn your GED or high school diploma, start a career and become empowered by your community.

TXCC & LACC

Become part of the next generation of convervationists through environmental education, preservation and service.

We are here for our community and continue to connect our young people with education, career training and the supportive services they need at this critical time.

Our highest priority is the health and safety of our communities. We are monitoring all local, state and national health regulations and recommendations to ensure we implement the most updated precautions. Currently, for the Austin and Travis County area, the “Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe” Orders are through December 15, 2020.

Below, you will find updated information for each operating site and program, along with partner services and community updates.

This page will be updated regularly with new developments.

Estamos aquí para nuestra comunidad y continuamos conectando a nuestros jóvenes con educación, entrenamiento profesional y los servicios de apoyo que necesitan en este momento crítico.

Nuestra máxima prioridad es la salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad. Estamos monitoreando todas las regulaciones y recomendaciones de salud locales, estatales, y nacionales para asegurarnos de implementar las precauciones más actualizadas. Actualmente, para el área de Austin y el área del condado de Travis, las órdenes de “Quédese en casa, enmascare y de lo contrario esté seguro” son hasta el 15 de diciembre de 2020.

A continuación, encontrará información actualizada para cada sitio y programa operativo, junto con servicios de socios y actualizaciones de la comunidad.

Esta página se actualizará periódicamente con nuevos desarrollos.

Reviewed on Sept. 24, 2020

AYW Headquarters

We are taking all safety precautions as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the safety of our students, participants, staff and all visitors. Procedures have been put in place for sanitizing the building, reducing building traffic, wearing masks, and social distancing.

Building Sanitization: The building is sanitized every day, with the bathroom being cleaned every 2 hours. There are cleaning stations throughout the building for staff to sanitize the area they were working in.

Building Traffic: We have taken measures to decrease the traffic in our building. Staff that are able to work from home. Staff that need to be in the building use a scheduling system to communicate when they’ll be there and where in the building they will be. This information is kept for potential contact tracing needs.

Building Entrance: All staff are to enter and exit the building through the AYW main entrance and have their temperatures recorded at the front desk. There are currently multiple entry sites for corps members who are screened by staff. If a person’s temperature is above 100.4, or they show signs of any Covid19 symptoms, they will be sent home. 

While in the Building: All persons are to follow social distancing guidelines and are to wear a mask at all times.

Visitors: Visitors to the building are encouraged to make appointments.

YouthBuild Austin

All of our education and vocational programs started Sept. 8th  through distance learning platforms and will be continuing to enroll participants. We hope to transition to some form of hybrid programming later in the Fall if community transmission rates decrease. We will continue to follow the transmission rates in the local community and evaluate when we can safely return to in person programming.

The Goodwill Excel Center is also accepting applications for the AYW Campus!

Applicants: Applicants will be informed of the potential risks associated with participating in our programs and about our COVID-19 protocol. It is required that they sign and return an Assumption of Risk form before joining the program.

Training: Protocols and procedures have been put in place to maximize safety during training. These include social distancing, limiting group sizes, sanitizing all shared surfaces and items (tables, dishes, tools, vehicles, etc.), holding discussions outside, and managing emotional as well as physical/medical safety.

Distancing: Trainers will arrange work packages to keep corps members as far away from each other as possible. All possible efforts should be made with the Project Partner for the project site(s) to be closed to the public. The crew should proactively keep distance if isolating procedures are not possible by members of the public.

Personal  and Crew Hygiene: Procedures have been put into place around handwashing, disinfecting communal surfaces, laundry, bathing, face masks & gloves, and meals, as well as for resupply and other public interfaces (crew visitors, grocery, gas, laundry, roadside assistance).

Disinfecting & Sanitizing: Crews have access to cleaning supplies for the facility, vehicle surfaces, tools, personal protective equipment, and office supplies. Instructions and protocols for proper use of these supplies are given.

Program Vehicles: We have limited the amount of persons allowed in the vehicles to allow room for social distancing, along with a procedure for entering and exiting them safely. A procedure and schedule has been put in place for decontaminating the vehicles.

Tools & Equipment: Crews are trained to handle the tools and equipment in ways that reduce the risk of spread, along with decontamination procedures.

Camping: YBA provides service camping trips several times per year. Locations will be dispersed or within closed sites to limit contact with the general public. If project partners cannot identify such a location, YBA will attempt to identify alternatives which limit public interaction.

Field Exposure/Outbreak: Procedures and Protocols are in place for when COVID-19 symptoms arise among the crew while in the field. Crew leaders will be trained in these.

AYW Building: Participants are expected to follow the AYW building policies and procedures (above).

All volunteer and mentor opportunities are online. If you would like to learn more about what our volunteers and mentors do, visit our volunteer page.

Texas Conservation Corps

Yes, and we are now recruiting for our Fall crews! Go to the TXCC page to learn more.

Self Care & Self Preparation: Crew members have been given guidelines for while on site and while at home around frequent hand washing, distancing, personal protective equipment, and staying healthy.

Disinfecting & Sanitizing: Crews have access to cleaning supplies for the facility, vehicle surfaces, tools, personal protective equipment, and office supplies. Instructions and protocols for proper use of these supplies are given.

Personal Protective Equipment: Crews are trained in proper usage of masks and gloves, and are given protocols for when to use them.

Program Vehicles: We have limited the amount of persons allowed in the vehicles to allow room for social distancing, along with a procedure for entering and exiting them. A procedure and schedule has been put in place for decontaminating the vehicles. 

Tools & Equipment: Protocols are in place for handling the tools and equipment in ways that reduce the risk of spread, along with decontamination procedures.

Facilities: Crews are scheduled to be at the building at different times to reduce the traffic. All members are expected to follow the AYW building policies and procedures (above).

Crews are back to field work with a focus on essential functions, such as shaded fuel brakes. As we move deeper into fire season, this becomes a critical tool in protecting homes & habitat. Crews are also able to take advantage of space in some parks right now to help our partners catch up on deferred trails maintenance projects. These projects are focused on user safety and ease of access concerns.

New Start

Yes! We are still enrolling court involved youth, 18 years and older. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Houston Operating Site

We are taking all safety precautions as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the safety of our participants, staff and all visitors. Procedures have been put in place for sanitizing the building, reducing building traffic, wearing masks, and social distancing.

Building Sanitization: Any areas occupied by employees or the public are sanitized at the end of the day, everyday. This procedure includes sanitizing all vehicles, tools, door handles and spraying the office down with Odoban.

Building Traffic: Crew members and leaders do not enter the office space, unless using the restroom facilities. Participants enter through an outdoor gate to have access to vehicles and the tool room. We have minimized the amount of staff in the building at one time by sharing time in the office through a virtual calendar and working from home.

Building Entrance: All participants and staff are required to have their temperatures recorded when first entering the building. If a person’s temperature is above 100.4, or they show signs of any Covid19 symptoms, they will be sent home. 

While in the Building: All persons are to follow social distancing guidelines and are to wear a mask at all times.

Visitors: Visitors are asked to make an appointment before visiting the building to ensure that someone is available at the office to assist them. All visitors will be required to have their temperature taken when they enter the building.

Volunteers: Volunteers are not needed at this time. There may be a need in the future.

Texas Conservation Corps

Yes, and we are now recruiting for our Fall crews! Go to the TXCC page to learn more.

Self Care & Self Preparation: Crew members have been given guidelines for while on site and while at home around frequent hand washing, distancing, personal protective equipment, and staying healthy.

Disinfecting & Sanitizing: Crews have access to cleaning supplies for the facility, vehicle surfaces, tools, personal protective equipment, and office supplies. Instructions and protocols for proper use of these supplies are given.

Personal Protective Equipment: Crews are trained in proper usage of masks and gloves, and are given protocols for when to use them.

Program Vehicles: We have limited the amount of persons allowed in the vehicles to allow room for social distancing, along with a procedure for entering and exiting them. A procedure and schedule has been put in place for decontaminating the vehicles. 

Tools & Equipment: Protocols are in place for handling the tools and equipment in ways that reduce the risk of spread, along with decontamination procedures.

Facilities: Crews are scheduled to be at the building at different times to reduce the traffic. All members are expected to follow the AYW building policies and procedures (above).

Members are currently taking precautions and performing service activities in the field. If quarantined, members are asked to perform teleservice activities to accumulate hours.

Clean & Green

Clean & Green is not currently running at this time. This program may be restarted again at a later date.

Baton Rouge Operating Site

We are taking all safety precautions as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the safety of our participants, staff and all visitors. Procedures have been put in place for sanitizing the building, wearing masks, and social distancing.

Building Sanitization: Daily sanitation of the building is occurring, with bathrooms being sanitized twice a day.

Building Traffic: Staff are able to work from home if they desire/are feeling ill. Staff members that need to be in the building communicate with each other via phone. Due to the small number of individuals working from this location additional measures to decrease traffic are not in place.

Building Entrance: Temperatures of all members are taken and recorded before they are allowed to enter the building. If a person’s temperature is above 100.4, or they show signs of any Covid19 symptoms, they will be sent home.

While in the Building: All persons are to follow social distancing guidelines and are to wear a mask at all times.

Visitors: Visitors to the building should contact a staff member to notify them of when they will arrive and their intentions while present at the facility.

Volunteers: At this time we are not accepting new volunteers.

Louisiana Conservation Corps

Yes, and we are now recruiting for our Fall crews! Go to the  LaCC page to learn more.

Self Care & Self Preparation: Crew members have been given guidelines for while on site and while at home around frequent hand washing, distancing, personal protective equipment, and staying healthy.

Disinfecting & Sanitizing: Crews have access to cleaning supplies for the facility, vehicle surfaces, tools, personal protective equipment, and office supplies. Instructions and protocols for proper use of these supplies are given.

Personal Protective Equipment: Crews are trained in proper usage of masks and gloves, and are given protocols for when to use them.

Program Vehicles: We have limited the amount of persons allowed in the vehicles to allow room for social distancing, along with a procedure for entering and exiting them. A procedure and schedule has been put in place for decontaminating the vehicles. 

Tools & Equipment: Protocols are in place for handling the tools and equipment in ways that reduce the risk of spread, along with decontamination procedures.

Facilities: Crews are scheduled to be at the building at different times to reduce the traffic. All members are expected to follow the building policies and procedures (above).

Members who are unable to work in person due to health risks or concerns of exposure are allowed to work from home. These members will either be assigned to contact tracing or teleservice projects. 

Members who are able to participate in person are currently serving their community by aiding in food distribution projects at local schools. We are also working with local partners in an attempt to secure field work opportunities while maintaining our members safety through this pandemic.

 

Partner Services & Community Updates