Students at YouthBuild consistently report that their interactions with staff and peers are what most distinguish YouthBuild from their previous schools. YouthBuild Philly’s personalized and positive culture has been recognized and held up as a national example of successful youth development programming.
Our program prioritizes building community and positive relationships among students and staff. Students and staff come together several times a week for community meetings where they can reflect together, make announcements, and recognize each other for their efforts. The school employs a Restorative Practices model to address conflicts and develop students’ leadership and ability to resolve disagreements.
Many YouthBuild students experience challenges in their lives outside of school that can jeopardize their academic success and overall well-being. Every student is paired with a case manager who coordinates all the student’s support services. Students have access to individual counseling sessions with trained therapists, as well as one-on-one counseling with their case manager. Each student additionally has a staff coach who checks in regularly to make sure that school and life are going well, and to provide additional support and motivation throughout the year.