What Can Goodwill’s YouthBuild AmeriCorps Program Do for You?

Goodwill Omaha’s YouthBuild AmeriCorps program* is a national pre-apprenticeship educational, leadership, development and occupational skills-training program for disadvantaged and at-risk youth ages 16 to 24. This community-based pre-apprenticeship program provides job training and educational opportunities for youth who previously struggled with and/or dropped out of high school.

YouthBuild program participants learn vocational skills in construction and provide community service through the required construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own communities. Participants split their time between the vocational training jobsite and the classroom, where they earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree, learn to become community leaders, and prepare for post-secondary training opportunities, including college, apprenticeships and long-term employment.

YouthBuild includes significant support systems, such as mentoring, follow-up education, employment and personal counseling services; participation in community service; and civic engagement.

Goodwill’s YouthBuild AmeriCorps program offers the following:

  • Paid construction training

– Participants learn construction skills while working on projects with Habitat for Humanity, the Abide Network and other Omaha organizations

  • Paid education and learning

– Prepare for GED testing with subject-material and practice tests
– Obtain certification in homebuilding, first aid and OSHA

  • Leadership training

– Develop the skills that make you valuable to employers
– Become a leader in your community through service projects

  • Ongoing support

– Benefit from the shared growth you’ll discover in your YouthBuild AmeriCorps program class
– Continue to receive support from YouthBuild AmeriCorps program staff after graduation

Who We Serve

  • Young people (ages 16 to 24) in the Omaha area who are underemployed or do not have a high school diploma
  • Individuals willing to commit to nine months of training and development
  • Those interested in learning construction and helping to build and repair houses for low-income families

Eligibility Criteria

A. Eligibility criteria. Except as provided in Paragraph B of this section, an individual is eligible to participate in a YouthBuild program if they are:

    1. Not less than the age of 16 and not more than the age of 24 on the date of enrollment
    2. A school dropout or an individual who has dropped out of school and has subsequently reenrolled
    3. Is one or more of the following:
      • a. A member of a low-income family
      • b. A youth in foster care
      • c. An offender
      • d. A youth who is an individual with a disability
      • e. The child of a current or formerly incarcerated parent
      • f. A migrant youth

B. Exceptions. Under this section, not more than 25% of the participants in a program may be individuals who do not meet the requirements of Paragraph A, Number 2 or 3 of this section, if such individuals:

    1. Are basic-skills deficient, as defined in §688.120, despite attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized state equivalent, including recognized certificates of attendance or similar documents for individuals with disabilities
    2. Have been referred by a local secondary school for participation in a YouthBuild program, leading to attainment of a secondary school diploma if such referral is to a YouthBuild program offering a secondary school diploma

YouthBuild AmeriCorps is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network. Goodwill’s YouthBuild AmeriCorps program is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $895,437, or 75% of total program costs. Goodwill and other nonfederal support funds $223,859, or 25% of program costs.

Does Goodwill’s YouthBuild AmeriCorps sound like the program for you?
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Download the YouthBuild Omaha Handbook

Goodwill Omaha's YouthBuild program is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. For more information, call 402-595-3991 (V/TTY). If auxiliary needs or reasonable accommodations are needed, please call Goodwill Omaha's YouthBuild AmeriCorps office at 402-231-1976.

YouthBuild AmeriCorps Program Contact Info


Goodwill Omaha Headquarters & Training Center
4805 N. 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68134


(402) 341-4609

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