YouthBuild USA launched the Green Initiative in 2005 in order to bring green building practices into our network as our contribution to protecting the environment. Soon thereafter, as the green building market continued to grow quickly, it became clear that green skills training was extremely valuable for YouthBuild students. As of 2016, green building jobs account for over 55% of the design and construction workforce, with a demand that greatly exceeds the workforce supply. To help meet this demand, the YouthBuild USA Green Initiative helps YouthBuild programs introduce green careers to YouthBuild students and helps them obtain industry-recognized credentials. Out-of-work and out-of-school young people who attend YouthBuild transform their lives while working towards their high school diplomas and develop marketable green building skills.