To expose opportunity youth to lifelong educational and career opportunities which empower them to be positive leaders of society.
Franklin County YouthBuild is a community of positive individuals who are dedicated to personal, social, and academic growth for the purpose of improving the quality of life for themselves, their families, and members of the community at-large.
"How would you improve your community if you had adult support?" YouthBuild founder, Dorothy Stoneman posed the question to a group of teenagers in East Harlem, N.Y. in 1978. They said that they would take the abandoned apartment buildings back from drug dealers and rebuild them - simultaneously eliminating places where crime occurred and creating places for people to live. These young people, Stoneman and help from others formed the first YouthBuild program (The Youth Action Program, which operates in New York City) and renovated the first YouthBuild building.
YouthBuild USA also supports local YouthBuild programs in a variety of ways independent of the U.S. Department of Labor, to complement and supplement the government program and to maintain the catalytic, innovative, movement-building spirit of the YouthBuild network.
The reach of YouthBuild USA is not limited to YouthBuild programs; it extends to the broader youth and community development fields to diminish poverty in the United States and internationally.