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JAS YouthBuild

JAS YouthBuild

JAS YouthBuild is a full-time comprehensive youth development program for 16 to 24 year-old out of school youth that provides education leading to grade level increases and credential attainment (high school diploma or HiSET – formerly GED); career exploration and employment skills building; and leadership and life skills training. Through their housing community service work experience, youth gain occupational skills in construction leading to HBI PACT and OSHA certificates (industry recognized credentials), in addition to applied academic skills and leadership development. JAS YouthBuild also provides comprehensive guidance, counseling, case management, and support services. Youth who complete the program transition to employment, training, and/or college and receive intensive follow-up support for at least one year, with additional support beyond.

Eligibility for the program is based on several criteria. Applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age
  • Live in the MetroNorth region, including the cities of Cambridge, Chelsea, Revere,Winthrop, Medford, Malden, Everett, and Somerville.
  • Haven’t completed high school because of dropping out or Has a diploma, but needs support with educational improvement
  • Experience other factors that may make create barriers to finishing school (youth in foster care, youth offender, youth with a disability, child of an incarcerated parent, member of a low-income family)

If you think you might be eligible or even if you’re not sure, complete the inquiry form to learn more.

Please click here to complete an inquiry form if you are interested in participation in this program.

For more information contact or 617-918-7506, or visit JAS YouthBuild’s social mtwitter-logo copyfb-logoedia pages:











Applicants to one of our workforce training programs will be asked to complete an academic assessment after attending an Information Session. If you are interested in learning more about these assessments, please click here to take a look at the resource guide. Please note that the YouthBuild and Biomedical Careers training programs require the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education), and the Information Technology Careers training program requires the Accuplacer college placement test.  More information about these assessments will provided at our Information Sessions.

JAS is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity. Nondiscrimination Statement(English); Nondiscrimination Statement(Spanish)