Providing young adults the education and hands-on training they need for in-demand careers
Newport News YouthBuild (NNYB) is a program supported by Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas (VOACC), the City of Newport News, VA., and The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The program is located at the Four Oaks Day Service Center at 7401 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News. Through the YouthBuild program, young people acquire the skills they need to obtain a great job and keep it.
YouthBuild participants earn money while they get valuable hands-on experience building quality houses. They will gain work-based education including vocational and basic academic skills training that leads to industry-recognized credentials, employment placement, or apprenticeships, and prepare them for post-secondary education programs. The program lasts six months with follow-up supportive services for a period of one year.
Youth who are justice-involved or need additional support overcoming barriers to their success can also access our reentry services, mental health services, and gun violence prevention & intervention programming.
Learn more about YouthBuild’s Second Chances Youth Reentry and Peacekeepers programs by clicking the buttons below!
Why Should You Apply?
Our YouthBuild program offers an education and construction training program built on the five core elements of our model — plus love:
- Career Pathways
- Support Services
- Leadership Development
- Alumni Success
Youth candidates must be ages 16 – 24 at the time of enrollment and meet at least one of the following requirements:
- A member of a low-income family
- A youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care)
- A justice-involved youth
- A youth with a disability
- The child of an incarcerated parent
- A migrant youth AND a school dropout
Up to 25% of youth in the program who do not meet the above requirements may participate provided that they are meet one of the following:
- Basic skills deficient, even if they have their high school diploma or GED
- Have been referred by a local secondary school to a YouthBuild program leading to the attainment of a secondary school diploma