Change your future: Apply to YouthBuild Philly

Benefits of enrolling at YouthBuild include:

  • High school diploma
  • Job training and certification
  • College counseling
  • Earning an AmeriCorps award (at least $1,200) for continued education

To be eligible for YouthBuild you must be:

  • At least 18 years old, but not older than 20 prior to start of school year
  • Resident of Philadelphia
  • Formally dropped out of public high school or not on track to earn high school diploma

Admissions Process:

Interested individuals can submit an application online or at our location at 1231 N. Broad St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122.


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The application process at YouthBuild Philly has multiple steps:

Step 1: Complete an application and submit before deadline.

Step 2: All applicants meeting the eligibility requirements will be contacted to attend a group Reengagement Facilitation Session (RFS). You must attend this session.

Step 3: All applicants who attend an RFS will be scheduled to attend a one-on-one intake. This is so we can tell you more about the school, answer your questions, and help you prepare for school and for the final step of the application, Mental Toughness Training.

Step 4: All applicants who complete steps 1, 2 and 3 will be invited to Mental Toughness Training. You must attend all days of Mental Toughness Training before you can be enrolled into YouthBuild’s program for the 2018-2019 school year. Please note that a blind random lottery may be held if there are more applicants than slots available at the conclusion of Mental Toughness.  And because applicants are only admitted for enrollment in early September, there is no wait-list for unsuccessful applicants.

Click link below for more details on Student Admissions Policy & Processes:

Student Admissions Policy and Processes

Questions? Email or call (215) 627-8671 x 25