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Building Trades Exploration

vocational training program for young adults with high school diploma who want a career in the construction industry

Pre-Apprentice

academic and vocational training program for young adults without a high school diploma

The Designery

after school and summer program for high school students interested in architecture and design

U-Build

corporate engagement and community service volunteer program


Building Trades Exploration Program

 

This 6-9 month academic and building trades program is for young people aged 16-24 who do not have a high school diploma. Program participants gain exposure to the fields of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, and facilities maintenance while earning their HiSET.

All Participants Receive:

  • A Bi-Weekly Stipend

  • OSHA 10 Certification

  • Lead Safe Certification

  • First Aid/CPR Certification

  • 2A/1C Hoisting Training

  • Signal Rigger Certification

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 Training Program

 

This 12 week program is for young people aged 18-24 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 Certification
  • Lead Safe Certification
  • First Aid/CPR Certification
  • 2A/1C Hoisting Training
  • Signal Rigger Certification

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


The Designery Program

 

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 Service Program

 

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 undeserved 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.