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What Is YouthBuild?

YouthBuild Schenectady is a nine month program designed to engage young people ages 18-24 that need to complete their high school education and receive career training. As an affiliate of YouthBuild USA,  YouthBuild Schenectady is one of 276 YouthBuild programs operating in the United States. Our mission is to assist young people in transforming their lives and communities through training, community service, and sustainable wage jobs.

YouthBuild Schenectady’s Operating Principlesvalues_principles

Why Should I Apply?

Become part of our YouthBuild family and gain a support system to last you a lifetime.

• Project Based Education • Small Class Sizes • College Credits   
• Hands On Experience • College & Career Coaching   • Industry Recognized Credentials
• Earn a Living Allowance/Stipend • Leadership Opportunities   • Professional Mentoring
• Internships • College Preparation • Job Placement Services
• Scholarships/Awards Towards College

Am I Eligible to apply to YouthBuild Schenectady?

-Must be a resident of Schenectady or Amsterdam -Must be 18-24 years old -Must meet Income Guidelines -Must NOT have graduated High School
*If you have a high school diploma and are looking for training opportunities, please check out programs and classes on our training page.

How can I apply to YouthBuild Schenectady?

1. Attend an Information Session
2. Bring in all required paperwork*
3. Complete a Test of Basic Education (TABE)
4. Complete an Individual Interview

Apply any Tuesday or Thursday at 1pm or email


We Serve

An AmeriCorps Site Learn and Serve Projects in the Capital Region Disaster Relief/First Responder At YouthBuild Schenectady, we believe that young people want to give back to their community, they just need the opportunity and the support. In YouthBuild, we believe in investing in the community that is investing in us. We do this through completing over 16,000 community service hours annually. As AmeriCorps members, YouthBuild students who complete their service hours receive an Education Award that can be used towards college or training.

We LearnMockingbird Opportunity Learning

Construction Trades Certifications: OSHA 10, Lead RRP, NCCER Core Construction Competencies, Building Performance Institute (BPI) Professional Certifications

Health & Human Service Training Partnership: Education at YouthBuild Schenectady: We believe it is part of our core mission to not only prepare young people for entry-level jobs, but to provide the academic rigor and classroom environment to create life-long learners who are better equipped for the challenges of college and advanced training. That is why YouthBuild Schenectady has undergone a major initiative to redevelop our curriculum to create a college preparatory environment and to align to common core and college entrance requirements. The education model at YouthBuild Schenectady is a unique “Learn by Doing’ model that incorporates authentic learning through project based, contextualized lessons What does this mean? Instead of teaching English, Math, Social Studies, and Science separately, YouthBuild Schenectady teaches these subjects in a blended format in the context of a real world problem that has been identified by local high demand, high growth employers.

We Lead & Succeed

A youth-elected Policy Committee Professional and Community Mentoring Internships College Transition Programming YouthBuild defines leadership as making sure things go right for yourself, your family, and your community. We believe that everyone is a leader and that to be a leader you don’t have to be the loudest person in the room or the one with the most ideas, but you demonstrate leadership by taking personal responsibility over our own lives and decisions. We don’t let things happen to us, we make things happen for us.

We Build GreenBuilding Affordable Homes

Capital Region Land Bank Project Partnership with United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to build LEED Certified Affordable Homes

Performing Gut Rehabilitations on homes in the Capital Region Land Bank Project Partnership with Saint Gobain At YouthBuild Schenectady we believe the there a powerful metaphor of rehabilitating your own life while you are physically rehabilitating a dilapidated house in the City of Schenectady. As our young people undergo personal transformation, they are also transforming a boarded up, unwanted structure to become a beautiful home for a loving family. One of our core values at YouthBuild Schenectady is preserving the environment and ensuring that we are building safe, long lasting, sustainable homes. YouthBuild Schenectady demonstrates this commitment through our building practices of repurposing materials, selecting products that have less environmental impact, improving air quality, and ensuring that our homes achieve maximum energy efficiency standards through Energy Star and Leadership in Energy Education and Design (LEED) designations.

We Are The Future Now

  • First Year College Support

  • Opportunity Youth United

  • Graduate Placement and Retention Support

  • Employment

  • Trade Union Apprenticeships

  • Technical Training

  • College, NCCC