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Youth Build


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:


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.


Youths earned their HiSet


Youths obtained employment upon completion of the YouthBuild program


Youths completed the YouthBuild program, gaining employment skills and credentials


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 Program is dynamic and multi-faceted. Students will begin their journey by earning their OSHA-10 for Culinary. We then move on to our ServSafe Manager Training, followed by Allergen Awareness Training and National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Ready Certification. Our supervising chef is a certified instructor.

Through this program, our students will learn basic culinary knowledge and gain practical experience. Our culinary team prepares lunch daily for the entire student body. Our students also run a full-service catering company where they have the opportunity to gain on the job training and experience. YouthBuild Culinary also partners with local organizations to feed the food insecure and homeless in our community.

Through our culinary arts employer and community partners, students are provided internships and job shadowing opportunities throughout the course of the program. We have secured internship placements with several local restaurants and catering companies. All students will be supported and supervised by our supervising chef.



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Siobhan Sheehan

Program Manager YouthBuild
Phone: 978 446-9803


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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.

Available in Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford.

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