Our Mission: “To unleash the intelligence and positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives through training, counseling, nurturing, life skills assistance and career development.”

YouthBuild programs provide low-income, out – of-work young adults ages 16 to 24 an opportunity to become productive members of their communities. Participants divide their time between the construction site and the YouthBuild alternative school. Strong emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive mini-community committed to success.

Eligibility Guidelines:
  • Youth must be between the ages of 16-24 years of age
  • Males between the ages of 18-24 must be registered for selective services.
  • Youth must be a member of a disadvantaged youth population such as: low-income family, a youth in foster care, a youth offender, disabled, incarcerated parent, or a migrant youth.
YouthBuild Offfers: 
  • Life Skills and Employability Workshops
  • Career Scope
  • NCCER (National Center for Construction Educational and Research) Certification
  • Job Training
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Leadership Development
  • Education
  • Supportive Services
  • Stipends
  • Youth Development
  • Follow-Up Assistance

The YouthBuild program is uniquely comprehensive. Each local program integrates components of housing, education, job training, leadership development, counseling, and graduate support.

Housing. Participants build or rehabilitate homes for homeless and low-income people in their communities.

Education. Participants prepare for high school diplomas, GEDs, vocational school, or college. The curriculum integrates academics with life skills.

Job Training. Participants gain a sound work ethic and develop the skills to succeed in their career goals.

Leadership Development. Participants learn to take responsibility for themselves and their families and advocate on issues in their communities.

Counseling. Regular counseling and referrals are offered to address issues such as child care, transportation, and substance abuse.

Program Support. Participants who successfully complete the program have access to resources and support to assist them as they advance their careers, go to college, build assets, and become role models.


Empowerment Pathways YouthBuild is funded by a grant from the by U.S. Dept. of Labor for $1.1MM. Twenty percent of total program costs come from other sources and 80% come from DOL grant.


212 North 2nd Street

Cordele, GA  31015

OFFICE:  229-276-1580

MOBILE: 229-406-8535

FAX:  229-273-8594

OFFICE HOURS: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

                                   Friday 7:30 a.m. -12 noon

Program Coordinators: Kim Thomas, Cindy Rodgers, and Lisa Dixon