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Providing Job Training and Employment Opportunities for Youth

YouthBuild, a national movement operated locally in Rochester by Catholic Charities Family and Community Servicess, provides job training and educational opportunities for youth while assisting in the construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own communities.


Participants in the YouthBuild program will have access to:

  • Education to acquire literacy and numeracy gains
  • Construction that provides on-site skills training
  • Opportunity to obtain OSHA 10 training and TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) Preparation
  • Counseling and Case Management to assist students in setting and achieving their goals
  • Leadership Development through program decision making, responsible leadership roles, and the study of how to improve the community
  • Transition Services for Graduate Success, including college and career counseling leading to placement in education or employment

Catholic Charities has won national and local awards for the diversity of our caseload, community activism, and volunteer programs. We have been working with youth, refugees and other clients to gain skills and find employment for over 25 years, with a wide variety of employers – construction, manufacturing, hospitality, restaurants, super markets, beauty salons and spas, and hospitals.

Learn more about how you can help.

Services Provided by YouthBuild

  • Paid training
  • Stipends for meals, transportation, volunteerism, and post-secondary education
  • Alternative education options
  • Job placement
  • A supportive environment

Eligibility Criteria

All participants must reach the eligibility requirements below:

  • a current or former foster youth and/or
  • a youth offender and/or an adult offender and/or
  • a youth who is an individual with a disability and/or
  • a migrant farm worker youth and/or
  • a child of an incarcerated parent and/or
  • a low-income youth.

Program Costs

Free to participants, weekly meal and travel stipend provided to those actively enrolled in one of our cohorts.

Intake Process

You must attend an information session and complete an application.  A one week orientation session, called Mental Toughness, will ensure your commitment and desire to complete our YouthBuild program.  You should expect to be enrolled daily for 6 months.  Please call 585-233-7422 to set up your information session.

Interested or Have Other Questions?

If you are are interested in enrollment, are an employer interested in partnering with us and our youth, or have any questions outside of enrollment, please call Reginald Walton, Program Manager at (585) 233-7422.