Our U-Build community service programs provide opportunities for civic engagement that help our students make connections between their field and classroom learning, and current issues facing our society. YBB's mission holds neighborhood responsibility at its core, and each of our programs incorporates service learning into their curriculum.
Students also have opportunities to participate in additional service projects outside of their regularly-scheduled activities by participating in our 'Service Corps', where they act as leaders for our U-Build initiatives.
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U-Build brings together YBB, a project sponsor, and a community partner for a one-day service event to engage volunteers to make an immediate positive impact in Boston's neighborhoods.
These service events allow employees of socially responsible corporations to collaborate with YBB to make a difference in Boston's undeserved communities. Our corporate partners often choose to adopt-a-school or adopt-a-vacant lot, and many companies choose to return to the same location for service year after year.
A typical service event costs between $5,000 and $8,000, and includes all materials, tools, rentals, assembly instructions, carpenter guidance, and volunteer kits including a box lunch and a YBB t-shirt and reusable tote bag
Home Improvement Program (HIP)
YBB's Home Improvement Program is a service learning initiative in the form of home repair, falls prevention, weatherization, and universal design projects for seniors and people with mobility challenges. By offering free or low cost design-build services to our low income neighbors, students are learning how to become socially-responsible leaders in their community while helping to prevent displacement in Boston's under-served areas.
This inter-generational learning experience helps to strengthen the sense of community, preserve historical and cultural traditions, and encourage cultural exchange within the community. If you are 62 years of age and/or a disabled individual living on low to moderate income in the city of Boston, and are in need of home repairs or rehabilitation projects, you may be eligible for these services.
For more information or to request an in-home assessment, please contact us
All YBB students are eligible to participate in our 'service corps' to earn a service learning certificate and additional stipend. The service corps team works closely with our U-Build Program Manager to help plan U-Build service events and to complete installations under our Home Improvement Program.
These students are learning to become leaders in their community by participating in all phases of a service project.