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Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment


217 Westminster StreetPROVIDENCE, RI 02903 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

YouthBuild Prep Academy provides a liberating educational experience to all students, with a focus on engaging young men of color, preparing them to be confident, civically engaged leaders.


YouthBuild Preparatory Academy, an umbrella organization which is authorized to operate both a school (SY2020) and a YouthBuild Program (YouthBuild Providence).

YBPA provides education, occupational skills training, leadership development and post-program placement opportunities to opportunity youth in Providence, Rhode Island’s most distressed neighborhoods: Olneyville, South Providence, Elmwood, and West End. YouthBuild Providence is an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income young people become educated, productive adults in their communities. We are one of roughly 226 YouthBuild programs, nationally.

Our model is designed based on a community that recognizes and supports the diverse needs of urban youth, creates an environment for individual growth, and cultivates social and emotional development resulting in the successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. YB Prep is laser-focused on academic excellence and achievement. We provide a rigorous and relevant, standards-driven experiential learning community to ensure all students master the content and skills necessary to earn a post-secondary degree.


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