YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that addresses issues facing low-income communities. YouthBuild invests in young adults who have a desire to transform their lives by building a better quality of life for themselves and the communities in which they live.

In YouthBuild programs, unemployed and undereducated young people work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning construction skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people. Strong emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to success.

  • The YWCA Greater Harrisburg's YouthBuild program will require a 9-month daily committment: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Once enrolled, participants will receive a stipend for work in the classroom and on the construction site.  
  • There will be an alternating schedule that includes the core components of the program: academic learning, vocational learning, leadership and community service.
  • Applicants will be required to attend a two-week orientation to assess program readiness.

For more information about the YWCA's YouthBuild program, contact the Center for Employment, Education and Entrepreneurial Development at 717-724-4834 or

Click here to view a YouthBuild graduate interview.

Click here to access the YouthBuild application.


Thank you PPL for your generous support of the YWCA's YouthBuild Program!



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