Laying the Foundation,
Framing Our Future
ABOUT YOUTHBUILD HOUSTON
YouthBuild is a national program for opportunity youth funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. SER Jobs in Houston, Texas administers YouthBuild Houston for the Greater Houston area. This program is for young adults ages 16 to 24. The goal of YouthBuild Houston is to provide a host of diverse opportunities & skills to youth that will prepare them for adulthood, creating the next generation of leaders!
HANDS-ON LEARNING, REAL-WORLD OPPORTUNITY
Reasons to join YouthBuild Houston
YouthBuild Houston sets participants up for success to pursue their education and provides skills needed to succeed in today’s evolving workforce. From on-the-job skills in high-demand industries to real-life resources and support, what participants gain in YouthBuild equips them to shape their future.
Take classes to earn your GED
Learn skills with on-the-job training and nationally recognized credentials in construction, phlebotomy, or customer service.
Receive opportunities to attend college & career readiness workshops and learn about a variety of post-secondary pathways.
Gain financial literacy, leadership, workforce development, and life skills
Receive support like mental health services, transportation, financial, food, and clothing assistance, as well as many other resources.
Give back to the Houston community by building homes for those in need.
Develop leadership skills to help you tackle the next stage of your life!
YouthBuild Houston Eligibility
To be eligible for YouthBuild Houston, participants must:
- Be ages 16 to 24
- Dropped out of high school
- Considered low-income (Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, SSI, etc.)
- Currently or previously involved with juvenile justice system
- Currently or previously in CPS or foster care
- Parenting youth (have a child(ren) or are the guardian for a sibling)
- Be a migrant
- Be the child of an incarcerated parent
JOIN THE NEXT YOUTHBUILD HOUSTON COHORT!
How to join the YouthBuild Houston program
Step 1. APPLY: Complete the YouthBuild Houston application.
Step 2. INFO SESSION: You will interview with a YB staff member.
Step 3. ELIGIBILITY FORMS + DOCUMENTATION: Submit all required documents.
Step 4. MENTAL TOUGHNESS WORKSHOP: Attend required 2-week orientation.
Step 5. ENROLLMENT + ACCEPTANCE: All 4 steps must be completed to be considered for acceptance into the YouthBuild Houston Program.
*YOUTHBUILD HOUSTON applications will reopen January 2024.
YOUTHBUILD SUCCESS STORIES
Role Model, Mentor, and Inspirational Big Brother “Today, I understand the role I play as the older brother of seven,” said Julian, “if you asked me that a few months ago, I wouldn’t have been able to express what that looked like or meant to me.” Julian M., who was...
In late 2018, Maria B. drove by SERJobs Workforce Opportunity Center and saw a sign offering YouthBuild services. Fortunately, she stopped to see how SER could help and change her life. Maria had experienced personal challenges, dropped out of high school, and was in...
Daniel W. had a clear career goal set. SER supplied the resources and encouragement to get him there. After his adoptive father abandoned his mother, Daniel W. hated seeing his mother struggle. So before starting high school, Daniel dropped out to work to help support...
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is YouthBuild Houston a school?
YouthBuild Houston is not a public school and is not covered by TEA open-enrollment policies.
YouthBuild Houston is a Department of Labor program that combines education and job training. This includes GED classes.
Is there a fee associated with this program?
Is programming offered in Spanish?
How long will it take for me to graduate?
What is the difference between a high school diploma and GED?
The GED is a total of 4 tests that cover the topics of mathematics, social studies, science, and english / language arts.
Both will qualify you to attend college and trade schools or join the military.
There are a few things to consider when deciding between a High School Diploma and a GED, such as the length of time to complete, long-term goals, and pre-placement test scores.
Participants are the best at determining their educational path. Applicants should speak to YouthBuild Houston staff to determine the best course of action to meet their goals.
Why does the application ask about justice involvement?
Can I do more than one training track at a time?
What does the day look like?
4 days of GED & training.
Is housing provided?
Am I required to have a state issued ID?
Yes, participants are either required to have a state-issued ID or a passport. A birth certificate and social security card are required as well. School ID’s are accepted at the beginning of enrollment for those ages 16 & 17. But members will eventually need a state ID to sit for GED exams.