Youth Build

Youth Build Butte Coalition is a grant funded program that is modeled after the international organization YouthBuild.  This program is sponsored by a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) that was approved by the Butte County Sheriff's department and the County of Butte.  To qualify for the program, participants must be between 16 and 26 years old and have been convicted of a crime or left high school without a diploma. Many students hail from low-income households and have experienced homelessness, addiction and the foster care system. Homeless students, those who’ve suffered addiction and those referred by the BCSO are placed in transitional or sober-living facilities while attending Youth Build Butte Coalition.

Youth Build Butte Coalition purpose is to provide at-risk transitioned aged youth the opportunity to complete their high school diploma and learn valuable vocational training with an emphasis on construction and welding.

The program was founded in 2013 and is now offered through Butte County Office of Education, whose Chico campus is located in a converted warehouse on Park Avenue. Students attend program/school from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. four days a week, and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 on Fridays. In addition to studies, on-site counseling, résumé writing and workforce development skills, students learn hands-on construction and welding skills and must complete at least 10 hours of community service weekly. Graduates walk away with a diploma, as well as certifications in forklift operation, CPR/first aid, HVAC  and other skills sought by local employers.

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