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YouthBuild Long Island

What is YouthBuild?

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
  • 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.

Apply to become a student at YouthBuild Long Island

View photos from the 2019 YouthBuild Graduation

View YouthBuild Long Island Flyer


Thank you to YouthBuild Long Island Sponsors: Albanese Organization, AT&T, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, BNB Bank, Byron T. & Ruth D. Miller Scholarship Fund, Capital One, Citi Ventures, Countess Moira Charitable Foundation, The Grainger Foundation, Island Outreach Foundation, MSC Industrial Supply Co.,   National Grid, New York State Department of Labor,  NYSERDA, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Pritchard Charitable Trust, U.S. Department of Labor, Veronica B. Renken, Wells Fargo, 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.