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YBB Receives Generous Donation from Autodesk

A huge thank you to Autodesk for providing our Designery students and staff with 12 3-year subscriptions to the AEC Design Suite, valued at $96,840.00! The new software will be used to train young people in our after school Designery program, as well as for our community design projects including affordable housing, nonprofit design-build, and community service projects. The software will significantly increase our performance capacity now and in future collaborations, and will allow our students to have more access to design tools, which increases their opportunities in the design field. Thank you Autodesk for helping us build stronger communities through design!

YBB's First Annual 'Adopt-a-School' Event a Huge Success

This year YouthBuild Boston (YBB) celebrated 10 years of service to the community through our innovative U-Build program, which connects a corporate sponsor and a non-profit community partner for a day of service.  To celebrate U-Build’s 10th anniversary, YBB has announced a new ‘Adopt-a-School’ initiative, through which volunteers of socially-responsible companies can volunteer alongside young people from underserved populations at urban schools in need, giving them an opportunity to directly improve their community while interacting with the community’s youth.

To kick-off the new initiative, YBB conducted several projects at Urban Science Academy in celebration of the legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Projects included building new picnic tables, repainting the school’s auditorium, and building new raised beds for the greenhouse classroom, among others. Project sponsors; Bank of America, Commodore Builders, Shawmut Construction, and Starbucks Coffee Company all provided invaluable support for the event, as well as volunteers to help complete the work. YBB hosted 80 volunteers for the day, for a total of 560 hours of service to the school.

The Adopt-a-School initiative will give YBB youth an opportunity to make an immediate impact in places they care about most, like their own school. Service events allow YBB program participants to take on a leadership role within the community, and learn new skills through service. There are three students from the Urban Science Academy currently enrolled in YBB’s programs. The young people are excited to give back to their school by helping in the planning and execution of this event. “I enjoy how we come together with other volunteers to make something come to life”, says Chris Duverneau, a student at Urban Science Academy who is also enrolled in YBB’s Career Exploration program. By serving alongside volunteers from the project sponsors, both groups benefit. Duverneau says, “The corporate volunteers are learning that I’m a hard worker and am really down to earth.” YouthBuild Boston is excited to continue their service to the community and its youth through the U-Build service program and its new Adopt-a-School initiative. Boston schools are encouraged to apply for next year’s MLK Day of Service, or another of the 6 U-Build projects that YBB organizes each year. For more information on our U-Build program or to become a project partner, please call YBB’s main office at 617-445-8887. 

USGBC and YouthBuild Boston Partner to Winterize the Homes of Neighbors in Need

On Saturday, November 19th, 24 volunteers from YouthBuild Boston and the US Green Building Council MA chapter gathered for a day of service in an effort to reduce heating costs and provide a warmer, healthier season for some of Boston’s most vulnerable citizens.

cThe group of volunteers winterized the home of 12 low-income elderly Boston residents in partnership with the Ecumenical Social Action Committee, who referred several of their low-income senior clients for this project.

The volunteers served residents in:

  • Roxbury
  • Dorchester
  • Mattapan
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Roslindale
  • Hyde Park

In addition to eliminating cold winter drafts, the winterization techniques that the group implemented are expected to reduce the homes’ energy costs by 20-30% annually. 

By volunteering alongside young people who participate in YouthBuild Boston’s vocational training programs, USGBC volunteers helped YBB students bolster their classroom learning with field experience training.  

Since the event, YBB students and volunteers have used these new skills to winterize their own homes and the homes of their friends and neighbors in need.


All YBB students earn a community service certificate by engaging in meaningful service opportunities that promote leadership development and social responsibility, and participating in service events alongside volunteers from our corporate and community partners provides an opportunity for an inter-generational learning experience that benefits the entire group. YBB hopes to have the chance to work with the USGBC again in the future!