Programs

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Building Trades Exploration

This 6-9 month academic and building trades program is for young people aged 17-24 who do not have a high school diploma. Program participants gain exposure to construction and landscaping safety, tools, materials, techniques and methods while taking HiSET prep classes for their high school equivalency (HSE).

All Participants Receive:

A Bi-Weekly stipend

  • A Bi-Weekly stipend
  • OSHA 10
  • First Aid/ CPR certification
  • Hotworks Certification Training

Successful participants are eligible for dual enrollment at local community colleges and can move on to advanced training or entry-level jobs in the field.

Pre-Apprentice

This 15 week program is for young people aged 18-25 who already have their high school diploma or equivalent, and are interested in starting a career in the building trades. Students gain field experience on real construction sites to ensure that they are ready for employment in the field upon graduation.

All Participants Receive:

  • A Bi-Weekly stipend
  • OSHA 10
  • First Aid/ CPR certification
  • Hotworks Certification Training

Occasionally students will also receive:

  • 2A/1C Hoisting Training
  • Signal Rigger Certification

Successful graduates apply to union or non- union apprenticeship programs or seek entry level placements in the building trades.

The Designery

Our 7 to 10 week sessions are geared toward high school students who want an enriching after-school experience. Students are paid a bi-weekly stipend while they hone fundamental graphic, modeling, and design-thinking skills through real design projects for non-profit clients around the city.

Outstanding and mature students participate for several semesters, and receive internship opportunities with professional design firms in the Boston area.

The Designery program offers pro-bono student design services, as well as subsidized professional design services for other non-profits.

U-Build

Through this volunteer and corporate engagement initiative, our one day service events allow employees of socially responsible corporations to make a difference in Boston's under-served communities.

Our service partners are non-profit friends and neighbors of YBB who are in need of improvements such as building repairs, painting, new outdoor furniture, landscaping, or general cleanup. 

A typical service event sponsored by the corporate partner costs between $8,000 and $10,000, and includes all materials, tools, rentals, assembly instructions, carpenter guidance, and volunteer kits.