Interested in Applying?

Applications for the Class of 2025 are now open. Apply before August 15 for the school year beginning September 3, 2024; earn your diploma by June 2025.

Applicants must:

  • Be 17-20 years old
  • If 17, must turn 18 by January 1, 2025
  • Be a resident of Philadelphia
  • Not already have a High School Diploma or GED

Email us at or call (215) 627-8671 ext. 2.

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Did an alumni refer you? Be sure to include their name in your application so we can send them our referral gift!

In Just One Year at YouthBuild You Will:

  • Earn your high school diploma
  • Earn a professional trade certification in either; Construction, Health and Human Services or Business or Culinary
  • Receive support in advancing your career pathway by applying to college, applying for jobs or both
  • Serve as a part-time AmeriCorps member by performing service through job training and earning an AmeriCorps award, at least $1,200, towards your education

**There is no credit minimum or maximum to enroll. All students graduate in one year with a competency-based diploma (different from a credit-based diploma) that is accredited and recognized by post-secondary institutions.

YouthBuild Philly from a student perspective:

Video by YouthBuild Philly Students and Big Picture Alliance