Program Mission

YouthBuild Boston is a catalyst for change. We help low-income youth access academic credentials, jobs and economic security. Our results-oriented approach: integrated education, skills training, work experience, community service and leadership development through:

Building Trades Exploration: A program for youth 16-24 exploring career pathways and needing to complete their High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). They develop an understanding of social justice and participate in service; and are provided opportunities to gain stackable credentials to pursue building trades careers.

Pre-Apprentice Program: A 12-week intensive program for youth 18-24 who have a high school diploma, or equivalent, but need further training and credentials for entry-level employment in the building and construction trades.

The Designery: An afterschool/college readiness program that exposes secondary students to architecture and urban design. 100% of program participants graduate from high school. uBuild Service Learning: A program that engages youth as volunteers who lead meaningful community rehabilitation projects for local non-profits. Our planned 3,000 hours of service will impact 2,000+ people in need each year.

uBuild also provides opportunities for corporate employees to volunteer alongside our youth.

Are there any specific requirements needed to enroll in the program?

Between the ages of 14 and 24 with an interest in entering the building trades or learning more about architecture and design.

What sets your program apart from other Boston programs?

Our program is the only youth development program with an additional workforce development component focused in the building trades.

Program Hours

7am – 3pm for PA and BTE; 3:30pm – 6:30pm for Designery

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Contact Information

BYSN Board of Representative: Gregory D. Mumford

Deputy Director of YouthBuild Boston (YBB) – Gregory D. Mumford has been with YBB since 1995. A Boston native, Mr. Mumford was awarded the City of Boston’s Michael Griffin Humanitarian Award in 2004 for his 20 plus years of dedicated service to the youth of Boston. A graduate of Catholic Memorial High School, and Cambridge College, Mumford came to YBB from the My Turn, Inc. program in Brockton, MA, where he was a career specialist.

Says Mumford about his work at YBB: “For most of my life, I have been working with pre-adolescents, teenagers and young adults in a variety of roles, football coach, job and life skills advocate and mentor. Working with YBB has allowed me to develop relationships with state wide agencies whose programs’ primary focus is improving the options for disenfranchised youth. These connections have reinforced my belief that there is no single method to address the range of needs for today’s young people. YBB has put me in a position to combine my skills and my passion. I am committed to supporting and enhancing the programs which serve young people and improve their circumstances. I have seen what opportunities can do to help them learn and grow, and take charge of their lives. This is what motivates me to keep working in this field.”

To continue to stay abreast of the trends in working with young adults, Mr. Mumford holds and has held a seat for YouthBuild Boston with the following organizations; Boston Youth Service Network, The Greater Boston Mass Green Initiative, Shannon Partners, Dudley Neighborhood initiative and the Woman Access and Opportunity Committee. Currently, Mr. Mumford’s role at YouthBuild Boston focuses on program operations and employer relations.

About YouthBuild Boston


The mission of YouthBuild Boston (YBB) is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility.