Newport News YouthBuild

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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.

Recruitment BLITZ

Youth Build will be holding another Recruitment Blitz to enroll students for our next session.

Recruitment is held at the Brooks Crossing Innovation Center, 550 30th St. Newport News, VA 23607. These events will be held from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the following weeks:

  • June 6 - 10
  • June 13 - 17
  • June 20 - 24
  • June 27 - July 30
  • July 5 - 8
You only have to attend one of the sessions

To register email

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

Social Security Card
Birth Certificate for self and each child
Drivers’ License or Picture ID
Copy of High School Diploma, GED or High School Transcript (In-School)
Court documentation re: Guardianship (if applicable)
Proof of residency. If address is not correct on License or ID, a Utility bill, DSS letter/records, Medicaid/Medicare card, Lease, etc. can be used
Last three pay stubs of all jobs worked within the past six months
Documentation of any and all income being received by each family member, i.e., Unemployment Compensation, Child Support, Alimony, Social Security Benefits, Retirement/Pension Benefits, Veterans Disability
Public Assistance documentation, if applicable (Food Stamps [SNAP], TANF, SSI, etc.)
Selective Service registration card for males over age 17 years 11 months

If you do not have all of these documents, we will still work with you, but the application process may be slowed.

For more information, contact Makhinohn Walden at


Newport News YouthBuild (NNYB) is a program supported by Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas (VOACC), the City of Newport News, VA., The Department of Labor (DOL), and YouthBuild USA. The program is at the Four Oaks Day Service Center at 7401 Warwick Blvd. 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 the period of one year.

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:

  • Education
  • Career Pathways
  • Support Services
  • Leadership Development
  • Alumni Success


  • Not less than age 16 and not more than age 24, on the date of enrollment AND
  • Be one or more of the following:

    • A member of a low-income family AND/OR
    • A youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care) AND/OR
    • A youth offender AND/OR
    • A youth with a disability AND/OR
    • The child of an incarcerated parent AND/OR
    • A migrant youth

  • AND a school dropout.

    A program may enroll up to 25% of the youth who do not meet the above requirements may participate provided that they are:

    • Basic skills deficient, even if they have their high school diploma or GED OR
    • Have been referred by a local secondary school to a YouthBuild program leading to the attainment of a secondary school diploma.

      How to Apply

      Click HERE to learn more and complete our enrollment form! All forms must be emailed to

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