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.

YouthBuild of Greater Lowell


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

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 ProgramOur 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.

    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
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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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)



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.

    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

What’s New

Youth and Young Adult Services Program

CTI’s Youth Services Program Youth Services is designed with youth and young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 in mind. We offer Transitional Housing Opportunities, Rapid Rehousing, Community Connections and work closely with UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College as part of our College Engagement programming. The team has been working hard to connect with youth and young adults (YYA), identify community resources and work towards stabilization. Our mission is to provide supportive and comprehensive services to some of the estimated 150-250 young adults in the region who are at risk or currently struggling with housing instability each year. The team is excited about all the wonderful things to come and what this programming will do for all of our young people in need!

Above all, the program centers the voices of homeless people talking about their real circumstances, obstacles, and potential solutions.

The goal is to create a dialogue on poverty, its causes and effects, and ideas for solving the homelessness crisis. This goes beyond just talking about homelessness: instead, the Marathon focuses on hearing and learning from the lived experiences of homeless people around the nation… ideas and voices that are completely missing from current political discourse.

 YOUTH Lowell Advisory Board

Listen to John Cave, Director of YouthBuild; Tim Caldwell, Clinical Case Manager of YouthBuild and LAB (Lowell Advisory Board – Youth) representatives Jasmine Delgado and Jose Cruz discuss LAB and the Community Summit and launch of the Plan to End Youth Homelessness in Lowell happening June 18, 2018.

Listen to Tim Caldwell, Clinical Case Manager for YouthBuild, discuss LAB – the Lowell Advisory Board made up of youth, ages 16-24, who represent the youth effort and perspective – initially in our upcoming June 18th 2018 Community Summit and and the launch of the Plan to End Youth Homelessness in Lowell.

Listen to Michael Collins, Chief Program Officer and Diana Santana, UML Graduate Student and MC of the Summit/Plan to End Youth Homelessness in Lowell discuss the event being held June 18th.

2nd SUMMIT to End Youth Homelessness 2019:



Watch the LTC News piece on the 2nd Annual Summit to End Youth Homelessness  2019

Youth Opportunity Center – Building Community for Youths without Homes – Learn More

The 21st Homelessness Marathon live broadcast took place on July 24, 2019 from 10 A.M. to midnight, originating at WMBR (MIT on-campus radio station) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Homelessness Marathon is a unique radio program that gives homeless people and their allies a chance to speak with the nation about their experiences. Broadcasting from a different city each year, the annual 14-hour Marathon features live reports, interviews with advocates and experts, and calls from listeners all over the country.

All the hours of the Marathon (in one-hour segments) have now been posted to CTI was featured in Hour 2. The mp3 starts with a 5-minute pre-produced report (as all the hours did, except for the first)



 “Hell Is For Children” — Youth Homelessness. Host: Linda Pinkow. Guests include: Carl Howell and Amanda Mallardo from Community Teamwork that works with homeless youth in Lowell, MA plus youths from their program, Ominique Garner, with Boston Youth Action Board; Jacob Heart from Y2Y, a shelter in Harvard Square created by youth for youth.

1ST SUMMIT To End Youth Homelessness 2018:

Community Teamwork welcomes you to join us, City Manager Eileen Donoghue and other representatives to the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center on June 18th for a community summit and launch of the Lowell Plan to End Youth Homelessness. We are expecting over 100 people to attend including: youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness and housing insecurity; representatives from city agencies, including the Department of Planning and Development, Lowell School Department, and Lowell Police Department; elected city and state officials; leaders from state government; staff from Lowell General Hospital and Lowell Community Health Center; local clergy from various faith traditions; and leaders from a broad array of non-profit social service agencies. The goal was to create a framework for a comprehensive multi-stakeholder and action-oriented work plan to end youth homelessness in greater Lowell.




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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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