YouthBuild Waterbury

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Educating, Employing and Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders

The objective of this program is to provide low-income young people the opportunity to learn construction skills through building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in their neighborhoods and other community assets such as schools, playgrounds, and community centers.


Program Details

As a competency-based dropout recovery program, we seek to provide a high school education that leads to a diploma for a distinct group of students. For unemployed young people who left high school without a diploma, YouthBuild Waterbury is an opportunity to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment, and become leaders in their communities. 

The mission of YouthBuild Waterbury is to cultivate collaborative learning communities in which every student has the right to an authentic education, plays a meaningful role in creating positive social change, and becomes an active participant in working towards just conditions for all. All young people, regardless of their circumstances, should have access to an education that will prepare them to counter social inequities and realize their full potential. 

The following nationally recognized credentialing programs, stackable and transferable across the nation, are available to eligible participants:

  • Customer Service and Sales: a classroom-based, instructor-led program that typically takes 40 hours to complete. The Customer Service and Sales curriculum is designed to help entry-level sales and service associates learn skills related to frontline work in retail (or any industry that values customer service and sales skills).
  • Advanced Customer Service and Sales: designed for sales and service associates looking to expand their skills in retail and other sales and service-focused industries. This is a classroom-based, instructor-led program that typically takes 40 hours to complete. Candidates must earn the basic Customer Service and Sales credential to be eligible for this course.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Between 16 and 24 years of age
  • In need of a High School Diploma or GED
  • Have an interest in construction
  • Willing to commit to the program

Meet the Team

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Joe Diorio


Program Consultant

203-574-6971 ext. 434
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Angelica Heron


Program Manager

203-574-6971 ext. 466
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Monica Greene


Program Assistant


Additional Resources

  1. YouthBuild USA

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