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YouthBuild Charter School of California is a free, project-based charter school, rooted in social justice, for students between 16-24 years of age.


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Senior Spotlight: Rick Espinoza

In this month's Senior Spotlight we're celebrating Rick Espinoza, a senior from our Moreno Valley site at Rising Starts Business Academy. "YouthBuild gave me a chance to turn things around," Rick shared with us. "Now I have a lot more options for the future, and I've had a great time too." Check out our full Q&A with Rick here.
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Open Heart Leaders Featured on ABC 10 News

Our new San Diego Heart site at Open Heart Leaders was recently on ABC 10 News! April Laster, the Executive Director of Open Heart Leaders, was interviewed and provided a tour of their new space in Downtown San Diego. In addition to the high school program we offer to young people there, Open Heart Leaders also offers life coaching, counseling, and re-entry programs for those formerly incarcerated. Check out the story by clicking on the heading above.
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We looking to fill several teaching positions, including English teachers, STEM teachers, and multi-subject teachers at our school sites in Palmdale, Canoga Park, Montebello, Compton and San Diego. Click the heading above to view available positions and learn how to apply.
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YouthBuild Day 2024

We had an incredible time at YouthBuild Day on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area! We had 13 YouthBuild programs and over 300 young people come out to celebrate. The day featured carnival games, an obstacle course, flag football, sack races, student speeches, arts and crafts, and the In N Out truck.
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Antelope Valley YouthBuild Hosts "Art Peace" Event

In March, our Palmdale site at Antelope Valley YouthBuild hosted their Trimester 2 CAP (Community Action Project) called “Art Peace.” Art Peace was a community event focused on well-being, fostering community bonding through creative activities. Read more about the event and check out photos by clicking the heading link above!

At A Glance

  • 16 Years in Operation
  • 16 School Campuses
  • 6,000+ Graduates
  • 64 Full-time Faculty and Staff
  • 71% Graduation Rate