Executive Director

Scott Emerick is the Executive Director of YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School. He oversees YouthBuild Philly’s programming, operations, fundraising, and relationship and capacity building.

Before coming to YouthBuild Philly in 2017 Scott served as the Senior Vice President for Education, Career, and Service Pathways at YouthBuild USA. In this role he oversaw a portfolio of education program initiatives related to improving postsecondary access and success; implementing quality secondary school programming at community based organizations, charter schools, and alternative high schools; increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teaching and career development capacity; and helping educators and schools respond to learning differences and learner variability.

Scott has received several awards recognizing his commitment to the YouthBuild movement and his advocacy for young adult learners, including the YouthBuild USA Impact on the Field Award (2015), YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School Legacy Award (2012), Brockton Visionary Service for Community Impact Award (2011), and YouthBuild USA Staff Member of the Year Award (2010).

Previously, Scott has provided technical assistance for rural and urban school districts on a range of issues related to teaching quality and teacher retention. He also has professional experience as an educator, as an advocate for improved teaching and learning conditions, and as a management consultant for corporate and private foundation clients investing in education.

Scott has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

semerick@youthbuildphilly.org