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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.


Photo of Deoutrie Dodson wearing a white lab coat

Student Deoutrie Dodson Wins RAPSA Courage Award Scholarship

Congratulations to Deoutrie Dodson, a senior at our Fresno site, on being awarded a $1,000 RAPSA Courage Award Scholarship. The RAPSA Courage Award celebrates students who have faced unusual barriers to completing their high school education and did so recognizing the value of a high school diploma for personal, family or community accomplishments. It includes a $1,000 scholarship to assist with post-secondary education expenses at either a career technical institution, a college or a university. Read more about Deoutrie's story at the link.
John Paul Ruiz at work

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week: November 15-21, 2021

It's National Apprenticeship Week! Our Construction Academy has been a catalyst for many students to earn their MC3 pre-apprenticeship certification and continue on to Southern California Building and Construction Trades apprenticeship programs. Several of our Construction Academy alumni have since completed apprenticeship programs and are now journeymen and women. We wanted to highlight two of those alumni, Luis Rivera and John Paul Ruiz.
an altar for LA's stolen youth

South LA Students and Staff Celebrate Día de los Muertos

Our South LA students and staff built a community altar and took a field trip to Grand Park and Olvera Street in Downtown LA on November 2 to celebrate Día de los Muertos. The trip was part of their Community Action Project (CAP), exploring the theme of healing from trauma. Click the headline to learn more about their trip and view photos.
Photo of Student Angel Gonzalez against a graffiti background

Student Spotlight: Angel Gonzalez

Angel Gonzalez, a student at our Lennox/ SBWIB YouthBuild site, came to YouthBuild so he could get away from the gang culture at his previous school. Thanks to the construction training program at SBWIB YouthBuild, Angel began to thrive and make changes to his life. Read more about his YouthBuild story here.

At A Glance

  • 13 Years in Operation
  • 16 School Campuses
  • 5,400+ Alumni
  • 67 Full-time Faculty and Staff
  • 71% Graduation Rate