YouthBuild Program Offers Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunities

Newport News YouthBuild is a program for Newport News men and women ages 16 to 24. It provides job readiness training, financial literacy classes, and career exploration opportunities with a focus on helping young people obtain employment in construction and other in-demand industries including carpentry, maintenance, and pre-apprenticeships in plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), and electrical services. YouthBuild participants earn money and receive valuable hands-on experience while building houses with Habitat for Humanity and job shadowing at other local companies.

The application process is now open for the next session and enrollment can be completed at Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center located at 550 30th St. in Newport News on May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12.

Sessions will be held from 9am until 3:30pm. Registration is not required. Applicants can stop by Brooks Crossing to apply, learn more about the program, and discuss eligibility. Participants must be one of the following: member of a low-income family, youth in foster care or aging out-of-foster care, youth offender, young person with a disability, child of an incarcerated parent, migrant youth, or school dropout. Program staff will also test basic math and academic skills to design a customized program that meets each person’s educational needs and career goals.

The program lasts six months, with follow-up support services for one year after graduation. For additional information, visit the Newport News YouthBuild website.