What is YouthBuild KCK?

IMG_0498In the YouthBuild KCK program, low-income young people (ages of 16-24) work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing.

Emphasis is placed on providing supportive services in a variety of areas to eliminate barriers and help participants earn an income to support themselves and their community. Students may also earn AmeriCorp education awards through their home building and other community service experiences. As they exit the program, many participants find placement in post-secondary colleges or universities, within various construction trades, and gain valuable leadership opportunities which thrust them into areas they never dreamed possible.

Vision:

To educate and employ under-served young adults, positively engaging them in the rebuilding of their own lives and the communities around them.

The program provides:

  • GED Instruction classes
  • Employment with compensation
  • Integrated construction curriculum with a nationally recognized pre apprenticeship certificate
  • Life skills training
  • College preparation
  • Civic and leadership development
  • Americorp college scholarship opportunities

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Community Contribution:

  • Building homes for low to moderate income families
  • Community service activities
  • Building of Heartland Habitat for Humanity home for 1st time low-income buyers
  • American Red Cross, Willa Gill, and various neighborhood association community projects
  • Partnerships with Unified Government

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YouthBuild KCK is administered by United Way of Wyandotte County, operates from a Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority facility and receives up to 80% ($1,100,000) of its funding from the Department of Labor.

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