Transforming Lives, Building Futures, Strengthening Communities: Developing Our Greatest 
Natural Resource... Youth!

Taking Responsibility for: Ourselves, Our Family, Our Community

YouthBuild Phoenix is a program designed to empower young people to rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to education, work, community and their family.

Young people ages 18-24, earn their GED, acquire a construction trade, and receive leadership training while constructing or rehabilitating new or existing housing for low-income families in their communities. This year, YouthBuild participants will build two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-Certified Platinum level homes in established neighborhoods. These “green” YouthBuild projects support important elements of Mayor Gordon’s 17-point Green Phoenix Initiative by building greener neighborhoods throughout the community, educating youth about the importance of creating a “green” city, and actually training youth in Sustainable Construction.

Participants spend 50% of their time in the classroom working on their education. Another 40% of their time is spent at a construction site gaining valuable one-on-one training and job skills. The other 10% of the time is spent working on community service projects, leadership activities and work readiness skills. The program also offers a safe caring environment that promotes involvement in positive peer groups and in the community.


ACYR coordinates the overall project and provides alternative educational services through charter school education and GED preparation.  The program is managed by the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department.  Other partners include:

  • Maricopa Skill Center (MSC) provides occupational training in Sustainable Green Construction to include industry recognized credentials and workforce development training opportunities.
  • Gateway Community College connects the youth with apprenticeship programs in construction trades. GCC will provide a leadership development workshop.
  • Tumbleweed provides recruitment and co-enrollment services, employment-based case management, and connections to public and private business and employment placement services through the local Workforce Investment System.
  • Labor’s Community Service Agency provides on-the-job construction training, leadership development, and supervision for all construction projects.
  • Habitat for Humanity reinforces knowledge learned in the classroom by introducing participants to “green” construction techniques while building two LEED Certified Platinum level homes.

Completed projects include:

  • Four new homes in Sunnyslope
  • A two story duplex home on 9th Street and Highland.
  • Two new three bedroom homes on Mountain View and 7th Street in Sunnyslope
  • An eight unit building on 27th Avenue and Morton
  • Four duplex units and two single family homes in west Phoenix
  • Two triplex units near Northern Avenue and I-17
  • Four new homes near McDowell Road and 35th Avenue

For more information, click here or please contact Armando Fontes @ (602) 721-9243 

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