About the Program
The Youth Build Jackson Program is a comprehensive youth program including education, job training, and community service. The program unleashes the intelligence and positive energy of young people between the ages of 16-24, most of whom needs their GED or high school diploma. During the 10-month program, students spend 50% of their time in academic classrooms, 40% of their time learning construction skills by building housing for low income families, and 10% of their time participating in community service activities learning the value of becoming community leaders. Youth Build Jackson places a strong emphasis on creating a safe and caring community of adults and peers committed to each other’s success.
Why Attend Youth Build Jackson?
By attending Youth Build Jackson you will have the opportunity to obtain your GED or high school diploma depending on your circumstance; all while earning a stipend and learning essential life skills and construction experience. Already Have a GED or high school diploma? No problem, you still may qualify. We can help you prepare to for college and more!
Youth Build Jackson is dedicated to seeking out young teens/adults, ages 16-24 to assist them in shaping their futures.
YouthBuild Jackson is a community based alternative education program and its target audience are youth who have been in foster care, homeless, have disabilities, adjudicated youth, high school dropouts, and/or other disconnected youth populations.
The purpose of the program is to address several core issues important to low-income communities: education, affordable housing, employment, energy efficiency, and leadership development. Each component of the program is designed to shape youth into productive community members. Participants have the opportunity to grow as an individual and become a team member, while earning an education, learning the needs of their community, and gaining essential carpentry skills.
Who Is Eligible?
We accept youth between the ages of 16-24 who need their GED or high school diploma. There are limited slots available for those who already have their GED or high school diploma. Students must meet the requirements of Department of Labor and AmeriCorps.
Requirements of DOL
Eligible participants must be between the ages of 16 and 24 on date of enrollment, be a member of a low-income family, youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care), an offender, a youth who is an individual with a disability, a child of an incarcerated parent, a homeless youth, a migrant youth, and a high school dropout or someone who has dropped out and reenrolled. The program may take up to 25% of participants who already possess a high school diploma or GED if they are basic skills deficient, or if they are referred to the program by a local secondary school for participation in the program leading to attainment of a high school diploma or GED. Male participants age 18 or older must register for the U.S. Selective Service System before services can be provided. If a participant turns 18 while participating, they must register at that time.
Requirements of AmeriCorps
Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States and satisfy the national service criminal history check eligibility, and be willing to complete 675 hours of community service.
Program Funding Sources
YouthBuild Jackson receives funding from Department of Labor and AmeriCorps.
Department of Labor Mission Statement:
To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
AmeriCorps Mission Statement:
To strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service
How to Apply?
Applying to Youth Build Jackson is as easy as filling out an application and turning in some required documentation. Upon submitting your application to Youth Build Jackson, we ask that you also submit a copy of your official birth certificate, social security card, proof of income, photo ID, school withdrawal letter (if applicable), and a copy of high school diploma or GED. Perspective participants must also be willing to submit to a background check and drug screens.
Note: You cannot be a participant without submitting all required documentation.
Application may be picked up at 1110 Main Street, Jackson KY, 41339.
Middle Kentucky Community Action Partnership, Inc.
Darrell R. Shouse, Executive Director
171 Howell Heights
Jackson KY 41339
Youth Build Jackson
Gloria Turner, Program Director
1110 Main Street
Jackson KY, 41339