In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work full-time for 6 to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to each other’s success. Students may earn AmeriCorps education awards through their homebuilding and other community service. At exit, they are placed in college, jobs, or both.
Our mission is to provide the necessary tools to educate, train, and employ the under privileged, at risk youth, and young adults. We serve the low to moderate income people of our community. Our goal is to encourage businesses in our community to employ our students that are trained in our program.
YBIE's vision is to be a model in our community, offering educational programs that are broad, yet challenging, and that can empower students from diverse backgrounds. We work towards building a future where our youth are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be respectful and responsible citizens, who care not only for themselves, but also for their families and their communities.
We here at YouthBuild Inland Empire pledge as community leaders, that we are engaged in a united struggle to overcome the social, political, economic, educational, and spiritual inequities, which threaten to destroy us as a community.
We recognize that, as young adults, we are one of the greatest resources available for the survival of our community. Therefore, we stand ready and willing and hereby pledge our commitment:
Youthbuild's Core Values
Honest, committed internal and external relationships. Feel your feelings. Do what's right for ourselves and our community. Tell the truth.
Full Self Expression
Respectful communication of creativity, ideas, concerns. Freedom to express our ideas, concerns, and possibilities.
Constant and never-ending improvements to ensure quality and productivity across all areas in our YouthBuild experience. Seek knowledge and apply it to ourselves, daily lives, our community, and training.
Define, refine, execute, measure, and complete all activities in support
of agreed-upon goals and objectives.
Sound Decision Making
We make decisions we L.I.K.E. Our decisions are based on:
Logic, Instinct, Knowledge, and Experience.
Acknowledgement & Appreciation
We regularly acknowledge and appreciate ourselves, fellow students, employees, customers, vendors, and partners for the contribution made in support of Youthbuild's vision.
We agree to include and inform anyone who is affected by a project or decision we are connected to.