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YouthBuild is a community-based pre-apprenticeship program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who have previously dropped out of high school.


The Wilmington Housing Authority’s YouthBuild Program will work with youth to learn vocational skills in construction, green energy jobs, health care, information technology, and hospitality. Youth also provide community service through the required construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods. Youth split their time between the vocational training work site and the classroom, where they earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for postsecondary training opportunities, including college, apprenticeships, and employment. YouthBuild includes significant support systems, such as a mentoring, follow-up education, employment, and personal counseling services; and participation in community service and civic engagement.


Anyone interested should complete the application below and send it to  Please email us if you need help completing the application.


The Wilmington Housing Authority YouthBuild Program is a $1,500,000 YouthBuild project.  A total of $1,125,000 (75%) is provided through a Federal grant from the United States Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration. $375,000 (25%) is provided through other sources.