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Newport News YouthBuild

Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas' Newport News YouthBuild program provides young people ages 16-24 the education and hands-on training they need for in-demand careers.


Newport News YouthBuild (NNYB) is a program supported by the Department of Labor (DOL) YouthBuild, Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas (VOACC), and The City of Newport News. Through the YouthBuild program, young people acquire the skills they need to obtain a great job and keep it.

The program is designed to engage young people ages 16-24 in construction classroom/hands-on training sessions, education and occupational training, leadership development, community service learning, job readiness including digital and financial literacy along with career and education exploration.

NNYB 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 lead 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 the period of one year.

Interested in applying?
Click on the link below to learn more and complete our enrollment form! All forms must be emailed to

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    See our hardworking YouthBuild participants in action by checking out our photo gallery!

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    Interested in learning more about YouthBuild? Get in touch with us!


Enrollment Blitz

Sign up and get the entire enrollment process done in one day! You’ll complete your application, receive a YouthBuild program overview and interview with program staff. We’ll also test your basic and academic skills so we can design a customized program that meets your educational needs and career goals. You can also email if you have additional questions.

We’ll host sessions on the dates below. You only need to attend one. To register for a session, call (757) 975-5204 or e-mail

Session Dates

October 13 - 15

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

October 20 - 22

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Why Should I Apply?

The Newport News YouthBuild education and construction training program offers:

  • Construction training for young adults
  • Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Skills and basic education towards completing a GED
  • Industry-Recognized Credentialing
  • Community Service and Leadership Development opportunities
  • Job placement or continuing education upon program completion


  • Be a Newport News resident (priority is give to those who live in ZIP code 23607)
  • Be 16-24 years old
  • In need of a high school equivalency certificate
  • In need of vocational/occupational training opportunities
  • In need of continuing education for high school graduates

How to Apply

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    1. Attend an Info Session

    Attend a mandatory information session to see if YouthBuild is the right fit for you! Register for one of our virtual sessions below.

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    2. Apply Online

    Complete an application by following the link below! You can also pick up an application at the Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center, Pearl Bailey Library, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center or Four Oaks Day Service Center.

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    3. Interview

    Once you've submitted your application, we'll contact you about interviewing with a member of the YouthBuild. This will be your opportunity to show us you're serious about the program and ready to take the next step towards your future career!

As one of almost 300 YouthBuild programs operating in the United States,
our mission is to help transform the lives of young people through training, community service, and sustainable wage jobs.

For inquiries, please contact the YouthBuild Director, Daniel Carrera.
Phone: 757-386-5922 or 757.386.6113

In the News

Click the link below to view all media coverage of Newport News YouthBuild!

In the News