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YouthBuild Louisville

Listing Last Update: September 21, 2020

Location

800 S. Preston Street
Louisville, KY 40203
yblky.org/

Primary Contact

Lynn Rippy

(502) 290-6121

info@yblky.org

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

Program Overview

YouthBuild Louisville is a full-time program that helps young people ages 18-24, earn their high school diploma or GED while getting hands-on training and work experience in the Construction Trades, Urban Conservation Corps, and Professional Medical Careers. Many of our students have struggled with obstacles that are getting in the way of their path to success – including poverty, violence, abuse, drugs, fear, and lack of support. YouthBuild Louisville offers hope and a second chance to overcome those obstacles. Throughout the program you will become part of a team and family and build lasting relationships with other students and staff who are committed to helping you reach your goals in the classroom, on the jobsite, and in life!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to champion young adults to be great citizens who build productive lives and sustainable communities.

Hours of operation: 9am-5pm

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

With his Jefferson County High School Diploma in hand, Eric Hale, Jr. is beaming with pride! Through hard work and personal dedication, Eric was able to complete his courses and earn the diploma while enrolled in the YouthBuild Louisville program. But the journey was not an easy one, and Eric has worked hard to realize his dreams!

Eric was referred to the YouthBuild Louisville program by two alumni of YouthBuild, Kevin Staples and Maurica Williams. "I heard about their experience in YouthBuild and I thought it might work for me too," said Eric.
"When Eric first entered YouthBuild his ADHD and subsequent behavior patterns had prevented him from reaching his goals in a traditional learning environment. This is not uncommon with our students, and it's something we work really hard to address within our program, but ultimately the students have to put in the work" said Kennina Porter, Program Manager at YouthBuild Louisville.
"Eric has experienced a dramatic transformation over these last few months in the program. Initially, he could barely sit still and focus. It took a while for new habits to form, but he really has invested in the process. He's much more intentional about his interactions and has learned to recognize when it is time to separate himself and work on individual work in order to stay on task. His upbeat personality is now a welcomed trait as he encourages his peers and passionately pursues his goals," Kennina continued.
Eric is one of the YouthBuild students currently enrolled in the CNA Training program through a partnership with Spaulding University. Eric plans to attend Bluegrass Community Technical College and later transfer to the University of Kentucky to complete his nursing degree. It's been a great few weeks for Eric as he has recently celebrated his 21st Birthday, received his Driver's License, played in his first game on the YBL basketball team and earned his High School Diploma! Way to go, Eric, we are all very proud of you!

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

2016-2017 HIGHLIGHTS

19,172 Hours of Community Service Completed for AmeriCorps
47 Construction (PACT) Certifications Earned
46 Students Placed Into Full- or Part-Time Jobs
43 Educational Upgrades Achieved
23 GEDs Obtained
22 Service Projects Completed
16 Graduates Heading to College in the Fall
10 New Trees Planted
4 Students Participated in Two-Week Internship in France
4 Houses Rehabbed
2 Houses Weatherized
2 Playhouses Built for Kosair Kids
2 Wheelchair Ramps Built for Community Residents
Service Projects
Blackacre State Nature Preserve Gazebo
Louisville Metro Parks – Adirondack Chairs at Joe Creason Park
Louisville Metro Parks – Foyer Bookshelves at Main Office
Jefferson Memorial Forest – 2 Education Buildings

Program Status:
Active