YouthBuild JAS is a comprehensive youth development program providing young men and women, ages 17-24, who have dropped out of high school, with a second chance to earn a high school diploma or GED and transition into productive citizenship while engaged in service to their communities.
YouthBuild JAS enrolls youth in community service to build and renovate affordable housing units while simultaneously enabling them to develop academic, vocational, employability, leadership, and life skills as they make a successful transition to employment, training, and/or post-secondary education.
Rigorous academic instruction is provided to all. Classes include English language arts, math, social studies, and science, GED test preparation or preparation for state-mandated MCAS tests for diploma students. Small classes with caring, enthusiastic teachers, project-based learning, individualized plans, and tutoring increase student motivation and help youths improve basic skills.
YouthBuild JAS serves:
YouthBuild JAS serves approximately 65 out-of-school youth per year, young men and women who dropped out of high school. Many are homeless, some are parents, some are court-involved, others are learning disabled. Most have poor work histories. Participants come from Cambridge, Chelsea, and surrounding communities.