YouthBuild Lawrence is in its twentieth year of operation assisting young people complete their education and achieve economic self-sufficiency through empowerment and leadership skills, vocational training, career development, support services, post-secondary education and/or job placement in meaningful employment. Each program cycle, YouthBuild-Lawrence transforms thirty-four “high-risk” youth into “high-potential” young adults.
The YouthBuild model includes a well-rounded cross-discipline project-based learning curriculum that incorporates:
- core academic courses,
- leadership (Power Source & Urban Survival Laws),
- community service,
- career development
- social justice,
- financial responsibility,
- Restorative Practices,
- “Service Thursdays”
- and digital literacy.
Simultaneously, the staff implement rubrics and assessment tools such as the Student Academic Achievement Plan, e-Portfolio and the Personal Success Blueprint
YouthBuild-Lawrence maintains ongoing positive relationships with current partners and actively strives to cultivate new partnerships. YouthBuild-Lawrence staff, students, graduates and partners are constantly expanding their networks providing exposure in the following areas:
To help YouthBuild students learn the soft skills necessary to succeed in a business setting, YouthBuild-Lawrence and the Charles Hope Companies launched the “Internship-to-Hire Opportunity.” Through this program, a YouthBuild-Lawrence graduate was placed at the Charles Hope Companies as an intern. The purpose of the “Internship-to-Hire Opportunity” is to offer an alternative hiring method to local businesses. This program lowers the hiring risk to employers and provides a company the ability to evaluate a job applicant prior to committing to hire. The “Internship-to-Hire Opportunity” is advantageous to the YouthBuild graduates because they are provided with the opportunity to prove themselves to potential employers. The goal of the program is to develop a win-win partnership where both parties’ needs are being met. This model has received national recognition by the U.S. Department of Labor, and YouthBuild-Lawrence staff members were invited to present the model as a “Best Practice” at the DOL Regional Peer-to-Peer Conference in Boston, MA.
- academic and soft skills development,
- career pathways,
- post-secondary education,
- industry-recognized licensures,
- internships and employment opportunities for participants while enrolled in YouthBuild and as they transition upon completion of the program cycle.
YouthBuild Lawrence is a member of the Massachusetts YouthBuild Coalition and YouthBuild USA. YouthBuild Lawrence is supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the City of Lawrence, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Merrimack Valley
|YouthBuild-Lawrence partnerships include:
United Technical Institute (UTI),
Lawrence Training School (LTS),
Northern Essex Community College (NECC),
Electrology Institute of New England (EINE),
Middlesex Community College (MCC),
Cambridge College and U-MASS,
Plumbers and Gas Fitters Local 12 Training Center in Boston, MA,
Greater Lowell Technical School Graphic Communications Department
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps).