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YouthBuild is a collaborative partnership that helps prepare young adults for careers and employment in the construction industry. The focus is on increasing educational and work skills while providing exposure and access to employment in the construction trades. Training focuses on construction credentials, with additional options to earn industry-recognized credentials in manufacturing and hospitality. Participants work on construction sites acquiring construction and life skills through a combination of hands-on learning and mentorship. Services include industry-supported curricula, credentialing options, and tutoring.

The program offers 28 weeks of subsidized program wages, at up to 28 hours per week, with an additional 8 weeks supported by stipends. Youth who complete the program are supported in transitioning to apprenticeship, employment and/or post-secondary education programs.

Participants have access to the following certifications to position them for employment: HAZWOPER, HBI PACT, MC3, OSHA 10, CPR, First Aid, and Lead and Asbestos Abatement certificates.

  • Milwaukee County resident, ages 16 – 24
  • U.S. citizen or resident alien who is permitted to work in the U.S.
  • High school dropout, or a high school graduate/GED who is Basic Skills Deficient and not enrolled in post-secondary education.
  • And be an individual who is one or more of the following:
    • Low income, defined as having an annual household income less than 70% of the federal poverty guideline and/or
    • A current or former foster youth and/or
    • A youth offender and/or
    • An adult offender and/or
    • A youth who is an individual with a disability and/or
    • Migrant Youth and/or
    • Youth is a child of an incarcerated parent. 


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Phone: (414) 270-1700Fax: (414) 225-2375

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