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What is Youthbuild?

The purpose of Career Solutions Minnesota Youthbuild program is to provide youth ages 16-24 with an opportunity to learn construction trades while contributing to their community.  Specialized training in the building trades develops participants’ construction skills while helping communities expand or improve housing for economically disadvantaged populations and the homeless.

Who can benefit from Youthbuild?

Youth from Stearns and Benton Counties who are interested in construction careers and the various post-secondary and apprenticeship options.

Youthbuild Services:

  • Self-evaluation, goal setting, employability skills training
  • Research of specific career information on trades within the construction field
  • Training leading to industry-recognized credentials
  • Work readiness & life skills training
  • Career planning & exploration
  • Exposure to union building trades apprenticeship
  • Support to attain a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent
  • Community service activities
  • OSHA 10 certification
  • Basic academic and leadership training
  • Exposure to programs at the St. Cloud Technical & Community College
  • Exposure to local businesses in the construction industry
  • Previous building projects have included Habitat for Humanity homes, tiny houses, sheds and cabinets

How much will the program cost?

There are no fees.  Youthbuild is funded by a Minnesota state employment and training program.

Youthbuild Success Stories

Brady has been in Youthbuild for over two years now.  He has worked on over six Habitat for Humanity homes, a tiny house and various other projects.  Brady became interested in construction his sophomore year of High School and has taken every woods and construction course they offer.  This is his second year in the Building Trades program and he has developed many positive leadership skills as a result.  Brady’s plan for the future is to attend the local Carpentry program at SCTCC.  Brady has become OSHA 10 certified and awarded the level two Carpenter International Training.

Brady K., Youthbuild

“I’m glad to be done with OSHA 10.  It was a lot of work, but it is worth it!”

“I love doing hands on learning.  My favorite thing was building a house.”

 “I’m so glad I got the opportunity to use so many cool tools.” 

“I learned about shingling, sheeting walls, putting up siding, working on framing and I just enjoyed every minute of it”       

“The program has helped a lot. I’m able to fix the minor damages in our house” 

Youthbuild Students
Ken Testimonial

“The value in receiving the Career Connections curriculum Certification of Completion is that it gives the Youthbuild students credit toward their apprenticeship while still in high school. This will result in starting at a higher rate of pay and developing the skills necessary for success.”

Ken H., Representative for the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Youthbuild

“I really like to learn new things. I plan to continue in Youthbuild because it will prepare me for college and I really like all the people involved in Youthbuild”.

Aaron, Youthbuild Student

“My time in Youthbuild was fun while learning and building new things.”

Youthbuild Student

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work in Youthbuild because it truly has changed my life.  It taught me respect and responsibility, the two most important things I need in the work field.”

Youthbuild Student

“The Youthbuild program built a beautiful pavilion for the Clearview Elementary School community.  The pavilion is the trail-head to the Clearview Forest.  The pavilion and forest are used on a daily basis by teachers and people from the community.  The structure serves as a shaded space to host classes, eat lunches and for rest and quiet solitude.  The Youthbuild program assisted in the planning, transporting of the supplies and building of the structure.  The Tech Youthbuild and Clearview Elementary School formed a wonderful partnership in this process.”

Andrea C., Teacher at Clearview Elementary

Youthbuild Annual Report

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