YouthBuild of Greater Lowell

Community Teamwork's YouthBuild is a program for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who have dropped out of school and are ready to embrace a second chance to receive educational and vocational training to achieve success.

About YouthBuild

Community Teamwork’s YouthBuild is a program for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who have dropped out of school and are ready to embrace a second chance to receive educational and vocational training to achieve success.

YouthBuild provides education and employment training to  prepare youth for careers in construction and culinary arts.  We help students identify their career and educational interests, develop an Individualized Employment Plan (IEP), and support them to achieve their goals. All participants have access to the core program components as well as participation in specialized occupational skills training according to their individual interests and capacities.

The primary components of our training for out-of-school youth include:

Education – GED preparation, computer literacy, financial literacy, life-skills and post-secondary school transition program.

Career Development – On-going employment readiness classes, specialized workshops, job shadowing and on-the-job training through employer partner internships.

Case management and counseling – Comprehensive, goal-oriented case management focused on placement in higher-education, advanced technical training or employment.  Support services to address personal challenges such as substance abuse, mental health issues, housing, childcare, and relationship needs.

Graduate Services – Placement assistance, job retention services, and tracking one year after program completion. Continued opportunities for community service, leadership development, and career development services

Leadership Development One of the most important parts of the YouthBuild program is Leadership Development. By building affordable housing, participating in community service projects, building awareness of issues that affect their community and achieving goals, students graduate with skills and experience that build their self-confidence, enabling them to become  leaders within their community. Leadership development opportunities are built into each program component. Students may also participate on the YouthBuild Policy Committee where issues regarding program decisions are made.

Construction – YouthBuild students may choose to learn carpentry and construction skills while they work together to create affordable housing in their community. In addition to hands-on training, YouthBuild students have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive vocational curriculum leading to a certificate valuable to graduates entering the construction trades. Students work with Habitat for Humanity to build a homes in the local area.

Culinary Program – Our culinary arts instruction will begin with the food handlers program. The source of our food handler’s curriculum is the Serv Safe food handler program. Our supervising chef is a certified instructor and will be instructing the course to our young adults. further, once students attain their food handler’s certification (serv safe), we will begin our culinary arts instruction using ACFEF’s Culinary Fundamentals program. Through this program, our students will learn basic culinary knowledge and gain practical experience. Through our culinary arts employer and community partners, students are provided internships and job shadowing opportunities throughout the course of the program. Thus far, we have secured internship placements with UMass Conference Inn Center and continue to outreach to other local restaurants. All students will be supported and supervised by our supervising chef.

This new program continues to grow under the culinary expertise of instructor Anna Jabar-Omoyeni, chef and former owner of La Boniche. YouthBuild Culinary is a job training program for young adults. Students manage a catering company and work on a curriculum to acquire a Certified Fundamentals Cook Credential from the American Culinary Foundation. Coursework includes a ServSafe Food Managers Certification. Our mission is to create confident hospitality professionals with a passion for quality and service.

For all your catering needs contact Anna Jabar-Omoyeni 978.905.7377

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Listen to Tim Caldwell, Clinical Case Manager for YouthBuild, discuss YouthBuild and the upcoming new cohort about to begin.


JUNE 2018: CTI has been awarded $100,000 from Cummings Foundation to support YouthBuild’s Culinary Arts Program! Over the next three years, funding will support student internships with two local restaurants, Cobblestones of Lowell and Lowell Burger Company and grow YouthBuild’s catering business. Thank you Cummings Foundation!!! #100Kfor100















Community Teamwork, Inc. was pleased to welcome Brian Fabre and Francesca Mancino from the Community Relations Department of Hannaford Supermarkets. Hannaford recently supported three Community Teamwork programs with financial support. For our Shelter Programs, the Hannaford Helps support will allow our team to ensure every family that enters Shelter will have a Welcome Bag, complete with food and personal items. Hannaford Helps has provided support for our Youth Opportunity Center, for both our Mill You and YouthBuild programs, allowing our team to purchase food, personal items, and needed laundry materials to outfit our new youth site. Finally, the Hannaford Helps grant provided gift cards to our Resource Center, allowing emergency food support to families in need. Pictured: Brian Fabre, Hannaford, Joann Howell, CTI, Francesca Mancino, Hannaford, and Meg Gaffney, CTI.

Meet Jasmine – Listen to her story From teen Mom to YouthBuild student to Nursing student in college.

Listen to David Tierney from WUML’s “Thinking Out Loud” interview Rafael Santana, YouthBuild Construction Trainer, as Rafael discusses his wonderful story and journey with YouthBuild. What a role model!  (August 7, 2017)

Watch this interview by Thinking Out Loud TV host, Gloria Polites. Guests are Rafael Santana, YouthBuild Trainer and Jasmine Delgado, YouthBuild Trainee.  (August 2017)

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Youth/Young Adult Services and Youthbuild of Greater Lowell
Youth Opportunity Center
167 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA 01852

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978 446-9803
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