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Student Testimonials

Advice to new students from a recent graduate:
Stories from YouthBuild graduates:
Daffanie Walker, a 2015 Compton YouthBuild Graduate, shares her experience:
A student from LEAD YouthBuild in Lincoln Heights shares his experience so far:
Robert Rodrigues, a 2015 Compton YouthBuild graduate, shares his story:
Two students from our Canoga Park site (RUTH YouthBuild) share their experiences:
Candelaria Renteria, a 2014 Compton YouthBuild graduate, shares her experience:

Written Testimonials

“I had tried other adult schools before to get my GED or my high school equivalency. However, they never seemed right for me so I would always stop going. For some reason the YouthBuild Charter School was different though. I would wake up in the morning actually wanting and ready to go to school. One of the reasons why I think I stuck with it is because it was not like any other school. When I was at my old school all they were about was constantly testing. Rather than using the standard testing method like other schools, the YouthBuild Charter School uses a project based learning method called APTs. In my opinion, this learning style is the way to go. When you’re working on your APTs, they require a lot of hands on work and dedication. I feel that they are more meaningful than doing tests because they actually give you skills that you can take and use out in the real world.”

-Simon McGann, Fresno site at EOC Fresno YouthBuild, Class of 2013
Click here to read Simon McGann’s full reflection on his time at YouthBuild Charter School of California’s Fresno site.

“I hadn’t found a lot of schools that fit my personality and what I’d been through. At YouthBuild Charter I’ve done a complete 180. I never saw potential in myself, but now I see myself changing. This school works with me to guide me towards my dreams and goals.”

-Jennail, South L.A. site at CRCD YouthBuild, Class of 2014

  Franky giving his graduation speech.


“I graduated from YouthBuild Charter School of California’s LA CAUSA (Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity, Social Justice and Action) site in June 2012. My experience there was life changing. I can’t thank the staff enough for what they have done for me. This school has changed my life in a positive way. I’ll be attending East Los Angeles College starting this summer and cannot wait. I’m going to major in History and hope that later, I’ll be able to attend a university, preferably the University of California, Los Angeles.”

-Franky Jaimes, East L.A. site at LA CAUSA YouthBuild, Class of 2012




“YouthBuild Charter School of California, from my point of view, is a school for hope. A school where teen parents or students who are behind in their school credits to have a second or third chance at their high school diploma. This school doesn’t give up on their students. Since I walked in, I’ve been only getting better and better news… If it wasn’t for YouthBuild Charter, I would have probably dropped out of school for good in 2010. Here, we also learn more than in other schools; we actually have classes like construction that teach us how to build. YouthBuild Charter means a lot to me and probably always will. To me it means a chance to graduate and follow my dreams. Coming to this school, I didn’t know if it was a good thing or bad. But I gave it a chance and so should others. I respect this school a lot and will be proud to be a YouthBuild Charter graduate. If it wasn’t for this school, I don’t know where I would be today or what would have happened to me.”

-Carlos Rivas, Palmdale site at Antelope Valley YouthBuild, Class of 2011 


Maggie painting a sign for a Community Health Fair

“I loved that the staff there treated you like family. They were like the family I never had. They gave me so much support, it was amazing. At YouthBuild Charter, the teachers were always there to motivate you, and they wouldn’t give up on you. Just when I was ready to give up, they’d tell me I could do it. And I did do it. I graduated.”

-Maggie Espinoza, Lennox site at CCEO YouthBuild, Class of 2013






Are you a current or former YouthBuild Charter School of California student and want to share your story with the world? Email Emily Suttmeier at with your testimonial and she will publish it here.