Participants may attain their high school diploma through our partnership with The Goodwill Excel Center, or complete their GED with the help of YouthBuild Austin instructors. Participants study English, Math, Science, and Social Studies while pursuing a technology, construction, health, or a manufacturing track to develop career skills.
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 in the Austin area: Construction, Computer Technology & Digital Media, Healthcare, and Manufacturing.
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 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 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.
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 YouthBuild Austin Print Shop. By involving participants in every phase of the operation, they learn lessons in business management, entrepreneurship and customer service.
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.
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