There are an estimated 4.9 million young adults ages 16-24 in America who are neither in work nor school.* Of these, there are estimated to be as many as 3 million youth living in poverty who are not in education, employment or training.** These are the opportunity youth with whom YouthBuild programs around the country work.
Globally, over 200 million youth are working poor and earning less than $2.00 a day. All are in urgent need of pathways to education, jobs, entrepreneurship, and other opportunities leading to productive livelihoods and community leadership.
YouthBuild programs provide those pathways. All over the world they unleash the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty with a commitment to work, education, family, and community.