Dear YouthBuild Community,
The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start, and we are excited to build upon all of the success we had last year.
Our students work hard every day to prepare to transition into college and careers. We are all on a transformative journey as we focus on improving our leadership and professional skills in an urgent manner. We have no time to waste!
The YouthBuild PCS academic program empowers each student to move at his or her own pace as students prepare to pass the GED and begin post-secondary education and/or engage in a fulfilling career.
Our staff team is dedicated to our students' success, and they are ready to push and support our students every step of the way.
I am honored to serve as your head of school. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns that you may have about YouthBuild PCS. I am confident that with focus and hard work, we will have an enriching and productive year that will put you and your classmates on the road to success and fulfillment in life.
Head of School
YouthBuild Public Charter School (YBPCS) is an alternative high school for young people seeking to transform their lives by re-engaging in their education in a non-traditional school environment. YBPCS prepares students for post-secondary education and the workplace by offering, in English and Spanish, academic, vocational and workforce development programs. YBPCS believes that service to the community is an essential part of the transformative process. Therefore, students serve their community through volunteer projects and by creating housing for low income residents in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
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Students from YouthBuild Public Charter School Represent Local Opportunity Youth at YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders and YouthBuild USA Capitol Hill Day
[Washington, DC], March 11, 2016 — YouthBuild Public Charter School student joined more than 100 other YouthBuild USA delegates in Washington, D.C. to discuss the impact of YouthBuild on them as low-income young people and on their communities. Ashley Griffin has just returned from participating in both the 28th Annual YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders and the YouthBuild USA Capitol Hill Day.
The YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders brought together 109 low-income young people from across the country for workshops on leadership, service, public speaking skills, and more. Delegates are chosen by their fellow students in local YouthBuild programs. In addition to skill building workshops, the conference also includes the annual elections for the Young Leaders Council, a nationally elected body of students and graduates that serves as the national policy-making voice for current students in the YouthBuild movement.
After the YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders, Griffin participated in YouthBuild USA’s Capitol Hill Day on March 10, and met with Senator Tim Kaine to communicate the positive change YouthBuild Public Charter School brings to their communities and to discuss the value and importance of continued funding to support YouthBuild programs locally and nationwide. To top off the day, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined all of the delegates for a keynote luncheon on Capitol Hill.
“Our delegates’ visit to Washington is just one step in a long leadership development process facilitated by YouthBuild USA,” said Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc. “As we see in our annual elections for the Young Leaders Council, our programs across the country are full of talented young people who are working towards long-term community and national leadership roles. These young people reflect the positive change we continue to bring to communities nationwide.”
In addition to the series of workshops and Young Leaders Council elections, the Conference of Young Leaders agenda includes a Service Job Shadowing Day, during which the delegates will shadow employees at the Architect of the Capitol as an example of the ways YouthBuild’s model and construction skills can be put to use in the public service sector.
YouthBuild Public Charter School is one of 260 local programs around the country serving low-income young people ages 16 to 24. In YouthBuild programs like YouthBuild Public Charter School, unemployed, undereducated and out-of-school young people work toward their GED or high school diploma, while learning job skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods and engaging in community service and leadership training. Graduates leave prepared for success in postsecondary education, careers, and registered apprenticeships— and as a part of a strong and supportive community.
About YouthBuild USA, Inc.:
YouthBuild USA, Inc., www.youthbuild.org, based in Somerville, MA, is the non-profit support center for over 260 local YouthBuild programs operating in 45 states and the District of Columbia. In YouthBuild programs, unemployed and undereducated low income out-of-school young people ages 16 to 24 work toward their GED or high school diploma, while learning job skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods, engaging in community service and leadership training. YouthBuild USA also sponsors the YouthBuild International effort that has generated over 100 local YouthBuild programs in 21 countries worldwide. There are two ways a local program can be authorized to use the YouthBuild brand in the U.S.: either they can directly win a US Department of Labor YouthBuild grant, or they can be licensed by YouthBuild USA to use the name when they demonstrate commitment to the basic philosophy and design.
About YouthBuild Public Charter School
YouthBuild Public Charter School (YouthBuild PCS), an independently-operated public charter school in the District of Columbia, was established in 2005 as an outgrowth of an effective program begun in 1995 by the Latin American Youth Center. It is one of the few alternative schools in the District of Columbia that serves youth ages 16 -24 who have dropped or aged out of traditional high schools.###
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DC State Board of Education Approves State Diploma
(Washington, DC) - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) overwhelming approved the awarding of a State Diploma for adult students at its January 20 public meeting. This resolution allows the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to award a State Diploma to individuals who passed the General Education Development (GED) exam since January 2014, or completed the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).
Over sixty thousand District residents lack a high school diploma, and the passage of the State Diploma reflects the belief that a state credential may reduce barriers to economic or educational opportunity. The SBOE conducted extensive public engagement on the issue, and heard testimony from many adult education students and community members about the need for this credential.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my colleagues tonight,” said Ward 8 SBOE Member Tierra Jolly. “The State Diploma will have an immediate and lasting impact on District residents.”
The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at http://sboe.dc.gov.