A small, alternative school, YouthBuild PCS offers 16-24 year-olds who have dropped out, aged out, or been expelled from traditional high schools, a unique second chance. In an intimate, supportive environment students can take classes in English or Spanish, earn a GED diploma, acquire the skills to be successful in college or the workplace, and navigate the transition to adulthood. And this is no mean feat. 100% are low-income; more than a third are parents themselves; another third speak little or no English, and most begin with extremely low math and reading levels – often the reasons that they dropped out in the first place. Students alternate between the classroom (reading, science, math; job-readiness and life skills), a construction site (building affordable housing units), and service learning opportunities (creating community gardens and cleaning up local rivers). So building means many things: building knowledge, character, homes, lives. Young people who often feel that they have nothing to offer leave YouthBuild PCS with a different perspective: “I built that,” they say. They have built even more.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; Columbia Heights; Mt. Pleasant; Shaw; Petworth

Age Groups Served: Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 60%; Asian American, 2%; Latino/Hispanic, 38%

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: We are a DC Public Charter School.

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 56226

United Way Agency Number: 9351

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Budget (FY2010)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Latin American Youth Center YouthBuild Public Charter School is: $1 million to $3 million
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