JAS YouthBuild The Facts

The facts:

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.

YouthBuild JAS partners:

  • Cambridge & Chelsea Public Schools
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Cambridge & Chelsea Housing Authorities
  • Chelsea Soldiers Home
  • Spaulding Hospital
  • Red Cross
  • The Community Builders
  • Maloney Properties
  • S-C Management
  • Metro North Regional Employment Board
  • The Career Place

YouthBuild JAS’s Impact:

  • 72% of students attained GED or HS diploma within 1 year of completing program
  • 94% placed in jobs, postsecondary or other training
  • 94% of students earned industry-recognized certification (PACT, CNA, OSHA)
  • 94% of students earned an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award (a value of $91,425)
  • 98% of students attained academic grade level increase in Literacy/ Numeracy or both
  • 39,966 Community Service Hours completed by students
  • 24% of students participated in
    dual enrollment in postsecondary education while in the JAS program and 17% of students enrolled in postsecondary education/training after program completion

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