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.

Education & Career Development

Get paid to train in one of four in-demand fields — construction, healthcare, media/information technology, and manufacturing — while earning your High School Diploma or GED. You will gain hands-on job experience while serving the community.


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GED or High School Diploma?


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GED & High School Diploma

Participants may attain their high school diploma through our partnership with The Goodwill Excel Center, or complete their GED with the help of the YouthBuild program instructors. Participants study English, Math, Science, and Social Studies while pursuing a technology, construction, health, or a manufacturing track to develop career skills.

Career Training Pathways

While obtaining a high school diploma or GED, participants receive industry-recognized credentials and earn a paycheck. Service projects and classroom instruction prepare participants for in-demand careers: Construction, Computer Technology & Digital Media, Healthcare, and Manufacturing.

Health Corps | Medical Careers

Health Corps combines classroom training with hands-on skills and certifications as Community Health Workers. Participants gain practical experience doing screenings at community health fairs, organizing blood donation events, or volunteering with local care providers. The program provides participants with marketable skills to enter the growing healthcare industry and prepares them to succeed as they continue their training in the medical field. Participants who graduate with a high school diploma or GED, will be provided financial assistance to attend Certified Nursing Assistant classes at Austin Community College.

Casa Verde Builders | Construction Careers

Casa Verde Builders learn construction and green building techniques while earning NCCER and OSHA certification. Participants engage in community service projects, such as repairing houses for low-income families or building micro-homes for people who are experiencing homelessness. Our pre-apprenticeship program prepares young people for careers as electricians, plumbers, or welders.

Media Corps | Computer Technology & Graphic Design Careers

Media Corps develops participants’ skills in Computer Technology and Graphic Design. The program combines classroom training with hands-on experience, such as building and repairing computers for low-income Austinites and designing and producing marketing materials (t-shirts, mugs, embossed items, and more) for local non-profits. Participants obtain certifications in Adobe and Microsoft Software.

Media Corps | Manufacturing Careers

The manufacturing traing pathway combines certification classes with practical training in manufacturing and entrepreneurship. Participants learn concepts such as lean manufacturing and quality control, and apply them through the Print Shop. By involving participants in every phase of the operation, they learn lessons in business management, entrepreneurship and customer service.

Already have your GED or High School Diploma?

We have AmeriCorps opportunities for adults 18-28, who are interested in dedicating a paid year of service to the community. No experience necessary & all experiences welcome!


Casa Verde Builders | Grad Crew

Casa Verde Builders offers full time construction training through our AmeriCorps program. Participants in this program learn and practice construction skills by repairing and weatherizing homes for low-income homeowners and building new affordable housing.

Do you have a passion for working with youth?

Become a classroom assistant or a volunteer coordinator! AmeriCorps members provide direct service through mentorship, support and instruction to participants.

Benefits | Living stipend • health benefits • $6,495 post-service education award • Career counseling, support services, & child-care assistance

Basic Requirements | Ages 18-28 • Must have high school diploma or GED • Interested in joining AmeriCorps & dedicating a year of service to your community

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