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Eufaula Housing Authority’s YouthBuild program is a youth development program that serves out-of-school youth in the Barbour County area. Young adults ages 16-24 are provided with the opportunity, hope, and support to rebuild their lives and are equipped with the necessary skills to facilitate lifelong success in both the workforce and the community.

Philosophy
The YouthBuild philosophy is to convey the importance of post-secondary education as a vehicle for individual advancement and growth.

Eligibility
In addition the 16-24 age requirement, participants must be a high school dropout, or have recently dropped out and re-entered. Participants must also be from one of six disadvantaged groups which include:
  • Low-income household
  • Parent incarcerated
  • Youth aging out of foster care
  • Youth with a disability
  • Homeless
  • Adjudicated youth

Exception
Department of Labor regulations allow a 25% exception of participants who already have their high school diploma and meet above criteria to participate in the program. These participants are eligible if they are skills deficient, have a letter of recommendation from a post-secondary institution, judicial program and/or civic/community leader.

Mental Toughness
Each student must complete a three week mental toughness orientation before being accepted into the YouthBuild program. During this orientation students learn the rights and responsibilities of the program, participate in daily physical training exercises, teambuilding activities, and various soft skills
workshops. In addition, participants will take part in a community service assignment in order to teach the importance of giving back.

Civic/Leadership Development
The importance of leadership and giving back to the community are ideals which YouthBuild work hard to instill in each participant. In order to facilitate participant growth in these areas we have partnered with various organizations to provide skills training and leadership development workshops. Some of the opportunities for leadership development are:
  • Youth Leadership Barbour
  • Youth Advisory Council
  • Community Service Projects
  • YouthBuild Alumni Mentorship

Education
Eufaula Housing Authority YouthBuild program is partnering with Wallace Community College and Eufaula Career Center in order to provide the following classes:
  • GED prep
  • Ready to Work (soft skills certification)
  • Welding
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Electrical Line Work

Construction
YouthBuild offers construction skills training as the focus for student advancement because it is a profession that is forgiving when considering educational or criminal background. Students are able to receive classroom and lab training as well as hands on training at the construction site. Eufaula Career Center and WIOA afford companies the opportunity to become registered apprenticeship sites where students can practice the skills they have learned in the classroom and apply for reimbursement from WIOA for wages paid to the participant.

Supportive Services
At risk youth often have need of support to overcome the conditions that contributed to delay in their past progress. YouthBuild offers student the necessary supportive services to overcome those barriers. Each student has access to:
  • Ongoing Case Management
  • Career Coaching
  • Educational and Legal Advocacy
  • Tutoring
  • Transportation & Childcare Vouchers
  • Graduation Stipend
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Graduate Follow-up Services