What is it?
YouthBuild KCK is a champion of opportunity youth, helping build the skillsets and mindsets that lead to employability, community leadership, and positive change that supports today’s opportunity youth as they transform into the leaders of today and tomorrow, helping them reclaim their education, gain job skills, and renew their purpose. Youth work together to build affordable housing, and other community assets such as schools, community centers, and playgrounds while continuing their schooling. YouthBuild collaborates with local community and faith-based organizations, government agencies, NGOs, and community colleges to be able to provide these services.
What issues does it address?
Approximately 350 million young people (ages 16-24) globally are characterized by their struggles with unemployment, poverty, and crime rather than by their potential. They urgently need—and aspire to acquire—the knowledge, training, and opportunities that lead to productive livelihoods.
YouthBuild KCK’s belief that everyone possesses the potential to become a community leader, and that every young person should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential so that these young people can pursue their education, prepare for future careers, and grow into community leaders, all while providing valuable community service on a global scale and paying it forward to the next generation. All YouthBuild KCK program participants (also known as trainees) are enrolled as quarter-time AmeriCorps members serving 450 hours of community service.