Job Training

Job training is one of YouthBuild USA‘s five components. Our YouthBuild programs offer job training in fields such as construction, solar technology, and healthcare. Below are a list of our sites and what job training programs they offer. Please contact the site for more information:

Antelope Valley YouthBuild in Palmdale provides:

  • Fire Cadet Training: Students have an opportunity to earn their high school diploma while at the same time obtaining Wildland Fire Cadet training and certification. A.V. YouthBuild’s Wildland Firefighter Training Program teaches students the principles of wildland fire control, while providing them with leadership development, career support, and team building skills. 

    Antelope Valley CNA Training Students

    CPR training at AV YouthBuild

  • Construction: Students have an opportunity to earn their high school diploma while at the same time obtaining construction-skills training and certification. In April, eleven A.V. YouthBuild students competed in the annual “Build Off” Competition against over 100 students from all over Southern California. The students combined their book knowledge, which they learn inside the classroom, along with their hands-on training that they receive outside the classroom and earned 2nd Place!
  • Solar Training: Students have an opportunity to earn their high school diploma while at the same time obtaining Solar Technology Installation training and certification. 

Call 661.266.8900 to learn more.

CALO YouthBuild in Boyle Heights offers:

  • ACES (Architecture, Construction, Engineering Students) Engineering Pathway Program through a partnership with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). ACES explodes and engages students to explore careers in architecture, engineering and construction by capitalizing on the Build Program’s design and construction activities, LACCD’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)-related course offerings, and strong industry participation. Students take the following community college classes as part of the program: GE 101- Introduction to Science, Engineering and Architecture; MIT 220- Introduction to Robotics; and ARC 261- Building Information Modeling (BIM). Students also attend seminars on topics such as Sustainability & LEED, Renewable Energy, and Work-Readiness & Financial Literacy.
    ACES also provides students:

    ACES students from CALO YouthBuild learning about blue printing.

    ACES students from CALO YouthBuild learning about blue printing.

    • Access to STEAM-related internship opportunities.
    • Work readiness to increase student success in a professional work environment.
    • Opportunities to contribute to the design, construction and operations of LACCD campus facilities.
    • Mentorship opportunities for students.

Call 323.261.2800 or click here to download an ACES brochure to learn more.

Compton YouthBuild provides:

  • Culinary Arts: If you want to be a chef, this is the program for you. Chef Orlando teaches culinary arts at Compton YouthBuild. Students in the program receive hands-on training and experience serving food.

    Members of Compton YouthBuild's Culinary Program with Chef Orlando Hurcherson.

    Members of Compton YouthBuild’s Culinary Program with Chef Orlando Hurcherson.

  • Construction Certification: Funded by the DOL, Compton YouthBuild provides students an opportunity to get paid for construction training while also working towards your high school diploma. You can earn up to $5,000 during the training program. The construction program includes:
    • MC3 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate
    • OSHA Construction Safety Certificate
    • Basic Tool Safety
    • First Aid/CPR
    • Job Placement

Call 310.631.2000 to learn more

EOC Fresno YouthBuild provides:

The recycling facilities at EOC Fresno LCC

The recycling facilities at EOC Fresno LCC

  • Quality, hands-on construction classes
  • Training and Job Skills in the following areas: Recycling, New Home Construction, Weatherization, Groundskeeping, Irrigation Systems, Landscaping, Demolition, Concrete Pouring/Finishing, Painting, Product Assembly and Installation, General Repairs and Maintenance, Housing Rehabilitation, Use of Power Tools and Equipment, and Playground Construction. 
  • Life Skills courses in Money Management, Leadership Development, Résumé Writing, and Interviewing Skills.
  • Vocational computer training
  • Up to $4,700 awarded to be used for continuing education
  • Assistance in finding and keeping a job

Call 559.264.1048 to learn more.

 Field of Dreams Learning, Inc. in Norwalk provides: 

  • Field of Dreams of Learning offers two vocational tracks, in Health Care and Technology. Each track will prepare students for a profession in a career. Trainings, courses, and workshop will be offered in Microsoft Office, keyboarding, social media, health care career exploration, physiology, and more. Some vocational trainings will be offered in partnership with Cerritos College, Cal State Los Angeles, and the Electrical Training Institute.
  • The College and Career Center offers classes and workshop to prepare students for college and a successful career. College support will include workshops on finding the perfect college and major, designing a program of study, applying to college, applying for financial aid.

Call 562.409.5567 to learn more.

LA CAUSA YouthBuild in East L.A. provides:

  • Through DOL funding, LA CAUSA is able to provide 55 young people ages 17-24 with a 10 month Green Residential Construction training program and a Dept. of Labor pre-apprenticeship certification. A recent Green Capacity building grant has allowed us to prepare and send 10 YouthBuild students to the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) solar installation certification training.


    Student from LA CAUSA’s construction training program

  • Home Builders Institute Pre-apprenticeship Certification Training: LA CAUSA’s utilizes HBI PACT as its primary vocational education curriculum which provides YouthBuild trainees access to industry-sponsored vocational training and the opportunity to build a career in the home building industry.
  • AmeriCorps: Students enrolled in our YouthBuild program are co-enrolled in AmeriCorps and eligible for an Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. LA CAUSA YouthBuild AmeriCorps members provide low-income homeowners with Green Residential Retrofits to their homes improving their living conditions, health, and reducing their energy consumption. Upon successful completion of 675 hours of service, they receive a $1,800 education award that can be used to cover post-secondary education expenses.
  • In collaboration with solar provider GRID Alternatives, LA CAUSA was sub-contracted to serve as project managers for the solar portion of Enterprise Community Partners Green Community Grants program. Through this partnership, 48 low-income homes in unincorporated East Los Angeles will benefit from the installation of solar panels, weatherization, and other green retrofits that will significantly reduce energy consumption. In addition this partnership will provide LA CAUSA YouthBuild Trainees with the field experiences needed to become certified solar installers.

Call 323.877.2500 to learn more.

RUTH YouthBuild in Canoga Park provides:

  • Health Care: Students taking this introductory course in medical science become familiar with the way healthcare systems are set up. The class concentrates on the practical applications of science in the healthcare field. Students receive hands on training with specialized equipment and techniques. 

    RUTH YouthBuild Health Care Training

    Canoga Park teacher Ms. Gelmont supervises Health Care students at RUTH YouthBuild

  • Construction: This course provides students with introductory instruction in the methods, machinery, and materials used in the construction industry. Topics include cost estimation, building codes, blueprints, site layout, and construction.
  • Job Readiness Training: RUTH YouthBuild focuses on skills that are essential to success in the workforce, including resilience, leadership, hope, responsibility, self-confidence, office etiquette, problem solving, and time management. In addition, the program teaches financial planning and how to use office technology and equipment. RUTH engages youth within the workforce to gain experience and learn the job skills needed to obtain employment by providing:
    • Job search activities
    • Technology and internet access
    • Office equipment
    • Employment plan development
    • Workshops and job fairs
    • Financial planning
    • Personalized job skill-building

Call 818.704.7884 to learn more.

San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps YouthBuild in El Monte provides:

  • Recycling Program: SGVCC’s Recycling Program provides job training and academic instruction for young adults, ages 18 – 25. Our corpsmembers (participants) perform environmental and conservation projects throughout the San Gabriel Valley, while receiving physical training and mentoring to further enhance their leadership, communication, and job readiness skills to motivate them to become productive members of society. Through the program SGVCC not only assists their youth but they also assist the community, schools and local businesses recycle bottles and cans, material that otherwise would have ended in our landfills. Alone last year they recycled over 300,000 bottles. They currently service over 100 recycling accounts on a weekly basis and attend over 10 recycling events a month hosted by our partners and different local community entities.
  • YouthBuild Construction: Earn job skills while building affordable housing in the community. Students may earn AmeriCorps education awards through their homebuilding and other community service activities. 

    SGVCC Corps Members

    Members of the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps work on a community environmental project

  • The SGVCC provides job training opportunities for youth who provide conservation services for many of our partners. SGVCC youth provide the following services: Tree Planting, Weed Abatement, Trail Construction / Maintenance, Urban Park Construction, Debris & Brush Removal, Erosion Control, Fire Fuel Reduction, Graffiti Removal, Irrigation System Installation
  • Earthworks Community Farm: The EarthWorks Community Farm is located in the beautiful Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. Youth are employed to work alongside veteran farmers to grow organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers while learning valuable life & job skills. A good portion of the produce is either given to or sold at nominal cost to low-income families. Excess produce is donated to area food banks, churches and shelters.Through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, EarthWorks Provides: Job Training & Employment as apprentice farmers for youth ages 16-24, Life Skills Training & Support, increased self-esteem & integrations into the community, green space development & opportunities for community residents to connect with the land, apprenticeships with farmers to share in a viable enterprise, access to healthy, high quality organic food in the community, support for low income CSA members and families in need, and volunteer Opportunities.
  • SMART: SGVCC was awarded a grant that was created to assist individuals that have had been through the Judicial System.  SGVCC feels that everyone deserves a chance in life, no matter what their situation is or has been.  What happens through this grant (SMART) is SGVCC has the ability to provide services to the youth for 1-2 years, starting while their still in custody.  Once they’re released they continue to track them and meet with them on a regular basis with the hopes that the youth will stay on track with the Individual Success Plan that the youth sets up. This plan is introduced and initiated while they are still there in custody.  In this plan SGVCC first does an intake and assessment on the youth to see just where they are at and to evaluate what needs they might have that could prevent them from succeeding.  Some of the services that we will be offering the young adults are: Career and Postsecondary Success, Education and Training, Counseling, Mentoring, Restorative Justice, Crime and Violence Prevention, and other referral resources.

Call 626.444.5337 to learn more.

South LA YouthBuild (CRCD) provides:

  • Construction training from LA Trade Technical College and an opportunity to earn a credential in the field of construction. Youth also learn leadership skills and give back to the community through service projects such as building affordable housing. Some youth also serve as AmeriCorps members, and earn educational awards/scholarships in exchange for their service to the community. CRCD provides coaching, advocacy, support services such as bus tokens, career placement assistance, & follow-up services.

    CRCD Academy South LA YouthBuild members

    CRCD Academy South LA YouthBuild members

  • Computer Science program through YouthBuild Charter School of California. A Computer Science class is taught by a local professional every year in February for students who wish to learn how to code. Students will learn the fundamentals of HTML and CSS coding and will build their own website to practice their skills. This class is a lead up to the CODEchella event, where students build a website for a local business client.

Call 213.763.5562 to learn more.

 W.I.N.T.E.R. YouthBuild in Long Beach and San Pedro provides: 

  • A job training and pre-apprenticeship program, in which students receive on-site training in construction skills during 50 percent of their time in the program from qualified instructors who are often union journeypersons, and then get placed in construction-related jobs or apprenticeships. 

    A W.I.N.T.E.R. YouthBuild construction program partipant

    A W.I.N.T.E.R. YouthBuild construction program partipant

  • Intensive two to ten-week job training sessions to help participants develop specific skills to enter such industries as environmental remediation, construction and building trade training, and growing field of green jobs. Their dynamic and engaging programs provide: workplace competency skills; life skills, and personal assessment; job retention skills; preparation for entry into non-traditional employment careers; financial literacy & credit counseling; safety instruction (OSHA 10, OSHA 30 certificate program); hands-on pre-apprenticeship training in construction trades; environmental education and remediation (HAZMAT lead, asbestos abatement, etc.); green retrofit building certification

Call 562.431.0302 (Long Beach) or 310.984.6478 (San Pedro) to learn more.

Youth Justice Coalition in Inglewood provides: 

  • Community Organizing: a curriculum that trains young people in direct action organizing, campaign research, media and communications, activist arts, public policy development and advocacy, and transformative justice (to heal from violence and to prevent future violence) 

    A YJC member speaks to the press after testifying at an LA County Board of Supervisors meeting

    A YJC member speaks to the press after testifying at an LA County Board of Supervisors meeting

  • Training and direct, experiential learning in social justice organizing and movement building with standards-based instruction in systems of oppression and strategies for dismantling racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism/homophobia, adultism, and religious fundamentalism; Constitutional Law including street law, court monitoring and court (defense) support; participatory action research; civics (including government structures, public policy development, electoral politics and skills and community organizing); history (including movement building); economics (including units on slavery/human trafficking, globalization, food justice and immigration/migration); and life skills (including transformative justice and warrior circles to reduce violence, harm and conflict and heal from trauma).

Call 323.235.4243 to learn more.

YouthBuild Inland Empire in San Bernardino provides: 

  • Construction Training: Felix Olguin teaches Construction Training. Seniors that have 150 credits and are 18 or older can participate. It consists of learning basic hand tools and power tools. Members receive their OSHA Card and CPR certification. While taking the program, the member is in the classroom for two weeks and out in the field working on construction sites for two weeks.
  • Community Feed Program: In this class, members learn about the nutritional value of healthy eating. Students learn to eat to live. They learn how to grow certain crops and different methods of growing those crops, such as the traditional way, aquaponics, and aeroponics.

    San Bernardino students honing their gardening skills.

    San Bernardino students honing their gardening skills as part of the Community Feed Program.

  • Entrepreneurship Program: In this program members learn how to open and start their own business. Members learn what it takes to start a business from the ground up and maintain so it can be successful.
  • Green Jobs Training: Green Jobs Training is for members that have at least 100 credits and are Juniors. The members learn how to install solar panels through Grid Alternatives. Upon completion of this training, they receive a NABCEP certification and a OSHA 30 certification.
  • Video and Media: In this class members learn how to use several types of camera and lighting equipment. Members take part in recording short films for the class.
  • Music Studio: This class allows members to learn about the recording, engineering, and producing of music.

Call 909.890.9106 to learn more.