Get paid to train in one of three in-demand fields — construction, healthcare, and media/information technology — while earning your High School Diploma or GED. You will gain hands-on job experience while serving the community.
Students may attain their high school diploma through our partnership with The Goodwill Excel Center, or complete their GED with the help of YouthBuild Austin teachers. Students study English, Math, Science, and Social Studies while pursuing a technology, construction, or a health track to develop career skills.
Participants will be enrolled in a career training pathway and earn college credits in Construction Management, Graphic Design, and Video Production through our partnership with Austin Community College.
While obtaining a high school diploma or GED, participants prepare for careers through a combination of classroom instruction and service projects. Our job skills training focuses on careers that are in-demand in the Austin area: Construction, Computer Technology & Digital Media, and Healthcare.
Participants receive industry-recognized credentials while earning a paycheck and practicing the hands-on skills needed for success.
Read below about the career training pathways we provide!
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.
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.
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.
For young adults 18-28 who have completed high school, 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.
Jason Rubio, M.Ed. | GED
Fun Fact: I am a long-time DJ and own/operate a DJ/photo booth company here in Austin.
Favorite Subject To Teach: I enjoy history and math.
“I really enjoy helping students meet their goals. Obtaining your high school diploma or GED is just the beginning. It’s always great to see students succeed. I love hearing from them when they come back and visit. That feeling is a feeling money can’t buy!”
Brent Gilbertson | GED
Fun fact: I spent a large portion of my childhood wearing a kilt thanks to my mom’s Scottish roots!
Favorite Subject To Teach: Music and Social Studies.
“I think it was a retired hockey or basketball player that said, ‘You can’t make the shots you don’t take’.”
Susan Hill | Health Corps
Fun fact: I taught yoga in the ’80’s and 90’s and can still stand on my head.
Favorite Subject To Teach: Anatomy and Physiology
“I love the amazing attitudes my students develop about health care (and music!).”
Matthew Stawicki | Media Corps
Fun Fact: Loves Art, gardening and Cats.
Favorite Subject To Teach: Graphic Design and Screen Printing.
“I have been with AYW for 12 years now, because I believe in our participants and want them to love learning and grow into future leaders.”
Bry Hernandez | Casa Verde Builders
Fun fact: I like riding my dirt bike and playing soccer, but not at the same time.
Favorite Subject To Teach: Framing methods and power tools.
“I enjoy seeing the confidence and skills gains of members while using power tools. From uncertainty, to mastering these tools, then building homes with them is an exciting feat to witness.”
“I learned how to be more independent! And to take care of business when needed to, meaning if I needed to graduate I had to focus! And after AYW I’ve had that mentality.”
“YouthBuild Austin has helped me reach my goal by obtaining my GED, and being able to move forward with life.”
“I learned that when in need, it’s okay to ask for help. YouthBuild Austin is like a second home. I’m glad I got a chance to meet some of the people I crossed paths with.”
“I enjoyed going to YouthBuild Austin; it was a great experience. I got to learn about computer technology and how to be a certified health worker.”