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YouthBuild was founded in 1990 and "is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GED or high school diploma, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing, and transform their own lives and roles in society." [1]


"The Ford Foundation was one of the initial private partners of YouthBuild USA. Since 1993, the Ford Foundation has granted YouthBuild USA several grants totaling over $10 million to support various efforts. In 1995 the Ford Foundation made a $2 million Program Related Investment loan and a $200,000 equity grant that enabled YouthBuild USA to establish the YouthBuild Loan Fund. In March 2000, the Ford Foundation provided a $2 million endowment grant to YouthBuild USA." [2]

Board of Directors




Resources and articles


  1. Homepage, YouthBuild, accessed July 4, 2007.
  2. Partners, YouthBuild, accessed July 4, 2007.