Youthbuild Rapides

Youthbuild Rapides YouthBuild provides young adults without high school diplomas the opportunity to continue their education, build skills, and serve the community.

What is a DOL YouthBuild Program? The U.S. Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program is a comprehensive youth and community development program which simultaneously addresses several core issues facing low-income communities: education, housing, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. It engages out-of-school, low-income youth ages 16-24 and provides an alternative education and employment pathway that enables participants to obtain a high school diploma or GED, advance toward post-secondary education or career-oriented employment, and take responsibility for their families and communities. The YouthBuild model fosters a supportive mini-community of youth and adults with explicitly positive values that encourages students to define and achieve their own highest goals and aspirations. Emphasis is placed on leadership development and community service as part of the process by which so-called “disconnected” young people change their relationship to society and develop a positive identity in which they can enjoy taking responsibility and “giving back” to their communities and families. This new identity tends to increase their motivation to succeed at school and work. YouthBuild allows young people to simultaneously serve their communities and build their own future. Many YouthBuild graduates over the years have been heard to say various versions of this quote: “Without YouthBuild I might be dead or in jail, like so many of my friends. But instead, the staff here cared about me so much that I began to care about my own future, and now I am in college (or employed) and taking care of my children. I love YouthBuild. It changed my life.” YouthBuild Rapides is part of a larger network of over 200 YouthBuild grantees from all over the country, in rural and urban areas, serving youth from many different racial and ethnic groups. The YouthBuild model has evolved over more than 30 years and has benefited from the experiences of those who designed the model and from those who have helped improve it over the years, including steady input from young people through various leadership councils.


5610 Coliseum Blvd
Alexandria, LA

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00


(318) 767-6030


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