Our Approach to Learning

Every twenty-six seconds, a student drops out of high school. In Los Angeles, it’s estimated that nearly 50% of students are not graduating.

There’s a place that digs deeper than statistics to uncover a sea of potential. YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC) offers young people the opportunity to re-engage and complete their high school education while becoming “ripples of hope” in their communities. At YCSC young people, ages 16-24, rediscover a passion for learning after being pushed out, aged out, or failed by the traditional public school system. With year-round enrollment at twelve YouthBuild programs throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Fresno counties, YCSC offers students an authentic education that strengthens their technical, academic, and leadership skills. When students commit to YouthBuild Charter for a year and a half, they have an 85% chance of graduating, launching a successful transition from YCSC to their post-secondary education, careers, and beyond.

In order to meet the unique needs of its students, YCSC uses a project-based, inter-Home Sweet Home YouthBuild students on Pepperdine tripdisciplinary curriculum model that relies on authentic assessments and applied learning. Students are empowered to take what they learn in the classroom into their communities to promote social justice through volunteerism and advocacy. Unlike traditional schools that employ standardized curriculum and classroom practices that often disempower and alienate marginalized students, YCSC’s project-based approach allows young adults to take ownership of their education. In addition to providing a rigorous education, YCSC partners with local community-based organizations to provide students with counseling services, college preparation, leadership development, vocational training in fields such as construction, solar technology and nursing, and the unique opportunity to revitalize their communities while earning school credit by building low-income housing.

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YouthBuild Charter’s caring staff believes that all young people, regardless of their circumstances, should have access to an education that will prepare them to counter social inequalities and realize their full potential. Students drop out of high school for a number of reasons—broken households, teen pregnancy, gang-infested neighborhoods, homelessness, personal or family illness—but no matter the obstacles, YCSC provides an education that caters to each student’s individual needs.

In the words of Robert F. Kennedy, “…ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” With YouthBuild Charter School of California as your springboard, you can make a splash that will change the world.