Description & History

Youth Action YouthBuild East Harlem

(A program of Youth Action Programs and Homes, Inc.)

Founded in 1978, Youth Action Programs and Homes, Inc. (YAPH) has a mission of "creating a community of youth and young adults committed to taking responsibility for their own lives and for improving the larger community of East Harlem". This is primarily achieved through our subsidiary program Youth Action YouthBuild East Harlem (YAYB).  YAPH/YAYB achieves its mission through focusing on educational attainment, workforce development/career preparation, affordable housing preservation, community service and youth leadership development.   The model for working with young people that YAPH developed in East Harlem has since been cited as a youth development best practice and has also been replicated both nationally and internationally. 

The Youth Action YouthBuild (YAYB) program  is part alternative high school and part job training and industry certification program for out of school, out of work, low income young adults (or Opportunity Youth) between the ages of 17-24 years of age  YAYB affords these young people a unique and comprehensive approach to workforce development, youth empowerment and high school equivalency attainment. Our fulltime, 10 month program emphasizes academic and vocational training, leadership development, case management and community service.  In addition, the students receive on the job training through assisting in the renovation of affordable rental housing for homeless/low income families and individuals  in the community. YouthBuild students are also enrolled in the AmeriCorps program where they commit to performing 475 hours of community service in exchange for an educational scholarship.  



About the organization

Youth Action Programs and Homes, Inc.

Robert Taylor
Executive Director
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