Navajo YouthBuild

Navajo YouthBuild (YBLD)

This culturally relevant project offers alternative education and learning experiences for rural at-risk students between the ages of 16-24 who are seeking their GED. This project addresses many core cultural and economic issues facing the Northern New Mexico community. Current research supports our program approach, “Native American youth who engage in cultural learning activities then gain experience in applying their creative energies. The resulting positive identity, self-esteem, and creativity then figure prominently in student academic achievement and graduation”. In keeping with current research, YBLD will give these students a path towards a GED or High School Diploma while also preparing them for a job in the growing local construction industry, opportunities sorely needed in our depressed local economy.

Participants will be trained in the construction trades and will learn the value of community service by rebuilding six homes for low-income families. The program will support participants in obtaining employment and/or beginning their post-secondary education. In addition, Navajo YouthBuilders provides participants with customized support services to include career readiness, tutoring, conversational language learning, technology training, counseling, basic needs assistance, graduate support and college readiness. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a nationally recognized construction credential through the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER).

If you know someone who is ready to obtain their GED and insurmountable employability skills, please contact:
Navajo YouthBuild
406 W. Broadway
Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 608-7102
E-mail: Merrissa Johnson
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YouthBuild Open House

Join us on Thursday, October 26, 2017 for an Open House to see what YouthBuild is all about!


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YouthBuild is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor

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