Service in the community is a cornerstone of YouthBuild Philly’s philosophy and program. Over the course of the year, all students engage in community service as part-time AmeriCorps members. In the process of changing their own lives, students drive change in their own communities and combat negative stereotypes about out-of-school youth.
Service projects often occur in partnership with local non-profits and take place in community spaces all over the city – from urban farms and basketball courts to elementary schools and youth shelters. YouthBuild also organizes an annual service Spring Break trip for students interested in serving a community outside of Philadelphia.
Students are required to complete 300 hours of community service by graduation, which includes their hands-on vocational training at the worksite. Each student who successfully meets this requirement earns an educational award, good for up to 7 years, which can be used for education costs or to repay loans.
This benefit is made possible through partnerships with AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service via YouthBuildUSA.