YouthBuild Long Island

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YouthBuild Long Island is a signature program of United Way of Long Island, dedicated to changing the path of Long Island's youth by addressing the core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. 

At YouthBuild, low-income men and women ages 16-24 work toward their TASC High School Equivalency Diploma while earning essential job skills. The program currently serves the Village of Hempstead, Brentwood and Central Islip communities.



YouthBuild students can choose from a variety of vocational training paths including:

  • Building trades & weatherization
  • Trades in offshore wind, solar and renewables industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Customer Service
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Medical billing and coding
  • Home health aide
  • Dietary aide
  • Food manager certification
  • Early child care
  • Hospitality
Prior to graduation, YouthBuild staff works to build partnerships with Long Island’s corporate partners in an effort to align YouthBuild students’ interests and goals with potential career and internship opportunities. Students are provided resume writing and interview skill workshops, and attend multiple job/college fairs and company tours.

YouthBuild continues to provide our graduates college and career counseling post-graduation that can lead to placement into a college education program or employment. Our trained staff works to provide additional follow-up to support retention and completion in these placements.

View the YouthBuild Long Island flyer



Apply Now to become a YouthBuild Long Island student.



YouthBuild student Stephanie describes how YouthBuild opened up an array of opportunities for her, including a pathway to college to gain her nursing degree.




Lead Funder: U.S. Department of Labor  

Supporting Funders: •  The Albanese Organization  •    Bank of America Charitable Foundation  •    Bethpage Federal Credit Union •    BNB Bank
The Banyan Tree Roots Foundation •    Byron T. & Ruth D. Miller  •  BNY-The Ferriday Fund  •    Capital One  •    Countess Moira Charitable Foundation
Deloitte  •  Island Outreach Foundation  •  MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc.  •  National Grid  •  NYSERDA •    NYS Office of Family & Children Service
Pritchard Charitable Trust  •  United Way Worldwide  •  Veronica B. Renken  •    Wells Fargo  •    TD Charitable Foundation  •    TriState Capital Bank 
The Winston Foundation

United Way of Long Island is an equal opportunity employer and YouthBuild is an equal opportunity program. The YouthBuild Long Island program offers auxiliary aid, services and activities upon request, to individuals with disabilities. The YouthBuild program is federally funded by the United States Department of Labor.