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The mission of the YouthBuild Just-A-Start AmeriCorps Program is to develop the skills and abilities of youth in order to maximize their opportunities for personal growth and productive citizenship while involving them in the provision of real community services in the City of Chelsea, City of Cambridge and surrounding metro north communities. These community services are aimed particularly at the development and improvement of affordable housing.
The program is based on the premise that youth have the capacity for positive leadership, and that involving them in the re-building of their communities is an importance element in the development of this potential. The program is committed to expanding both the perspectives of youth about the avenues that are open to them, as well as the actual avenues. This is accomplished through education, skills training, guidance, exposure to different cultural ideas, and the building of confidence. It is our belief that young people just need the key in order to open the door to their futures.
YouthBuild is an alternative education, training and service program. Out-of-school youth spend half their time in education, counseling, and leadership development activities, and eventually earn a high school diploma or GED. The other half of their time is spent in renovating affordable housing and other community service. The program focuses on career development, life skills and employability; community service; intensive follow-up to support graduates in the transition to employment, vocational training or college preparation.
YouthBuild gives young people the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the community and to develop their potential through education and career planning, job and readiness training, life skills and personal development.
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