UCS YouthBuild AmeriCorps

youthbuild program

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United Community Services YouthBuild provides 17-24 year old Reading area youth with the opportunity to learn academic, job readiness, and occupational skills. We help prepare our graduates to make a successful transition into post-secondary education, the construction industry and other high-growth occupational sectors. Students prepare for the GED while also learning to become self-sufficient, career-minded adults.

Established in 2009, UCS YouthBuild unleashes the positive energy of  young adults to rebuild their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty with a commitment to work, education, community, and family. UCS YouthBuild is a full affiliate of YouthBuild USA and participates in several initiative including AmeriCorps which gives students the opportunity to earn educational awards by completing service hours.


YouthBuild students with Mayor Vaughn Spencer.
YouthBuild students with former Mayor Vaughn Spencer.

Student Expectations and Benefits


  • Commit to good attendance in a 6 month, full-time program
  • Be interested in construction and/or healthcare
  • Be serious about making a positive life transformation
  • Be interested in helping the community
  • Be willing to take direction
  • Be respectful to staff and peers


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YouthBuild Summer 2015









  • Acquire industry-recognized credentials, such as MC3 and OSHA-10
  • Prepare for the GED exam
  • Build a career portfolio
  • Gain exposure to different careers
  • Be part of the UCS YouthBuild family
Drawings by SAN
Drawings by SAN (Anthony Santana, YB grad)

Admission Procedures


To be eligible to enroll in UCS YouthBuild, applicants must:

  • Be at least 17 years old, but not older than 24 years on the first day of classes
  • Not have a high school diploma or GED
  • Successfully complete UCS YouthBuild 5 step enrollment process

5 Step Enrollment Process

To participate in UCS YouthBuild, applicants must:

  • Submit an application.
  • Attend an information session.
  • Take the TABE test.
  • Submit eligibility documentation(picture ID, social security card, selective service for males 18 or older, and proof of income).
  • Successfully pass an interview.
  • Complete our 10 day Mental Toughness Orientation


YouthBuild would not be possible without the continued support of our many community partners. Special thanks to our partner, Reading Housing Authority, who provides the construction training site for our students to gain a variety of skills that lead to employment.





Funding for YouthBuild has been provided by:

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