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


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

The YouthBuild Austin logo, and a close up of a YouthBuild Austin participant using a hammer and nail to build a house.

Community Engagement

In addition to preparing young people for the most in-demand careers in Austin, participants work together to address areas of social inequities in our community.

Casa Verde Builders participants building a micro-home.

Unhoused Residents and Access to Affordable Housing

Casa Verde Builder participants have the opportunity to see firsthand how their hard work can impact a whole community and change people’s lives. While learning construction job skills, they build micro-homes at Community First! Village, a development of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, for people experiencing homelessness. So far, they have built over 40 homes!


Health Disparities in the Community

Health Corps participants gain practical experience while addressing health disparities in the community by organizing blood donation events, volunteering with local care providers, and assisting with health screenings at health fairs in underserved communities.

Health Corps participants running a blood donation event.
Dozens of computers that Media Corps participants helped recycle and reuse.

Addressing the Digital Divide

Media Corps participants help recycle and reuse technology equipment that is distributed out to public computer labs and donated out to low-income communities.

After collecting the equipment, participants are guided through the re-imaging and software installation process. This involves running scripts to install and update operating systems and frequently used software applications.

The equipment is collected from Austin Resource Recovery and organizations where a “technology refresh” is happening, then ends up at locations such as Rosewood-Zaragoza public computer lab and the computer lab at the ARCH downtown.

Read about the city’s Digital Inclusion initiative here!


Community Events

Every year, participants gather in East Austin to clean up the historic Burdett Prairie Cemetery and provide trail maintenance at the adjacent Montopolis Greenbelt. This cemetery is the final resting place of formerly enslaved people and emancipated African Americans and their descendants. Our day of service honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorates our Austin neighbors and their families in this historical neighborhood. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged!

Visit our Get Involved page to view all of our volunteer opportunities.

YouthBuild Austin participants cleaning up Burdett Prairie Cemetery.


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