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YouthBuild Phoenix is a program designed to empower young people to rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to education, work, community and their family.

Young people ages 18-24, earn their GED, acquire a construction trade, and receive leadership training while constructing or rehabilitating new or existing housing for low-income families in their communities. This year, YouthBuild participants will build two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-Certified Platinum level homes in established neighborhoods. These “green” YouthBuild projects support important elements of Mayor Gordon’s 17-point Green Phoenix Initiative by building greener neighborhoods throughout the community, educating youth about the importance of creating a “green” city, and actually training youth in Sustainable Construction.

Participants spend 50% of their time in the classroom working on their education. Another 40% of their time is spent at a construction site gaining valuable one-on-one training and job skills. The other 10% of the time is spent working on community service projects, leadership activities and work readiness skills. The program also offers a safe caring environment that promotes involvement in positive peer groups and in the community.


ACYR coordinates the overall project and provides alternative educational services through charter school education and GED preparation.  The program is managed by the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department.  Other partners include:

Completed projects include:

For more information, click here or please contact Harley Armstrong @ (602)238-4334   

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