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ERIC Number: ED506980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
YouthBuild. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"YouthBuild" offers low-income youth both education and job training services. "YouthBuild's" education component emphasizes attaining a GED or high school diploma, typically in alternative schools with small class sizes and an emphasis on individualized instruction. In "YouthBuild's" job-training program, participants work in construction jobs building affordable housing for low-income and homeless people in their communities. "YouthBuild" is targeted to youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are from low-income families and who have demonstrated educational need, typically by being high school dropouts. Participants spend six months to two years in the program. During this time, they alternate weeks between being full-time students and working full-time in the job-training program. Throughout the program, youth participate in counseling, peer support groups, and life-planning exercises that are intended to encourage them to overcome negative habits and pursue life goals. "YouthBuild" programs are typically sponsored by community- or faith-based organizations. These programs are linked by a centralized national office that provides implementation support to local "YouthBuild" sites, such as staff training and information on best practices and program innovations. The WWC identified 32 studies of YouthBuild that were published or released between 1996 and 2009. No studies of "YouthBuild" that fall within the scope of the Dropout Prevention review protocol meet What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. The lack of studies meeting WWC evidence standards means that, at this time, the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions based on research about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of "YouthBuild." (Contains 2 notes.)
What Works Clearinghouse. P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests
IES Funded: Yes