This month, the WorkforceGPS Team would like to introduce you to the YouthBuild Community of Practice (CoP).

The YouthBuild CoP is a shared electronic space where grantees can share and review documents, exchange ideas with their peers nationwide, read and comment on blogs, and much more. This online environment fosters continued collaboration and problem solving before and after trainings, conferences, and webinars; grantees can support each other in implementing successful programs, sharing tools, and fostering partnerships.

YouthBuild programs give at-risk youth ages 16-24 the opportunity to transform their lives by earning their high school diploma or state-recognized equivalency degree, learning to be community leaders, and preparing for college and other post-secondary training opportunities. YouthBuild programs provide occupational skills training in construction and other in-demand industries and include a focus on increasing the supply of low-income housing in their local communities. By providing low-income young people with both education and occupational skills training leading to industry-recognized, as well as the opportunity for community, YouthBuild programs can help disenfranchised youth to become successful adults. YouthBuild also presents a unique pathway to pursue an apprenticeship; for more on this partnership, check out YouthBuild’s blog.

To visit this CoP, click here.

To subscribe to the YouthBuild Community of Practice, check the box for “YouthBuild” on your Memberships and Notifications page. You will receive email alerts when there is a new YouthBuild posting.