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What is the Total Action for Progress YouthBuild Program?

YouthBuild provides training for the construction trades. Our program is a career and technical skills leadership program for youth age 16-24 who have dropped out of school. Students are paid while they learn in the classroom and at the worksite. Our students gain educational skills, obtain their GED, develop employability skills, and earn a Pre-Apprenticeship Certification in green construction. Students also learn leadership skills and volunteer in the community. Students are required to complete a Mental Toughness Training Course. This is a two week trial period where interested applicants participate in a "boot camp" with various exercises and activities.

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What areas does this program serve?

Residents of Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Vinton, and Salem are eligible for the YouthBuild program. However, potential students can live in any locality, as long as they have their own transportation and can attend classes on a regular basis.

Is there a cost for this program?

There is no cost to approved clientele for this program.

How can I access services?

YouthBuild is located at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 503 in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Anthony Bowling at (540) 767-6225. You may also contact Mr. Bowling via email using the "Contact" button at the bottom of this page.

Am I eligible for this service?

Potential students must be between 16 to 24 years old and lack a high school diploma or GED. A release from compulsory education is needed for students under 18 years old.

Our program accepts low-income individuals, juvenile offenders, children of offenders, foster children or former foster children, migrant workers, runaways, and the homeless.

You must meet Department of Labor eligibility requirements and demonstrate an ability to be successful in the program in order to be accepted for enrollment.

Your donations are necessary to make this program possible.

Community Partnerships and Funding

Our primary partnerships include Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill. We also have more than 30 other community partners. Funding for our program include the Department of Labor, City of Roanoke, United Way, and Grainger Supply.