“I love getting my hands dirty. I love community service. I love helping people. And even when I can’t see the people I’ve helped, I know I did good and I feel like I did good. I want to really thank YouthBuild for that and for this tremendous change in me. I’m just so happy to be the person I am now because of YouthBuild”
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 least 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 State via PennServe and the AmeriCorps National Direct program via YouthBuildUSA.