WHAT WE DO
YouthBuild Newark (YBN) is an innovation-driven youth and community development agency that has drawn upon developmental theory and proven practices to serve Greater Newark’s disconnected (“opportunity”) youth for over twelve (12) years. To successfully engage and prepare young adults for 21st century careers, the agency incorporates academic instruction using Common Core State Standards-aligned curriculum; training in in-demand sectors such as construction and healthcare; case management, and life skills and career counseling; service-learning; leadership development; and follow-up services.
With a decade of expertise, YBN has transitioned from functioning solely as a direct service youth agency to a teaching organization committed to impacting the youth development and alternative education fields in increasingly sustainable and innovative ways.
Our Theory of Change
When disconnected young people are provided with a nurturing, rigorous environment, relevant educational experiences, and comprehensive support services, they develop the skills and confidence needed to become productive and self-reliant members of their community.