Enrollment Process

YouthBuild Ventures is a full-time 9 month program that helps you earn your high school diploma or GED and get hands-on training and work experience in construction, manufacturing, and health care trades. You will have the opportunity to build low-income housing in our community while getting career counseling and leadership training that will lead to work or college. Throughout the program you will build lasting friendships and get support from staff and fellow students who will help you reach your goals in the classroom, on the job, and in life.


To participate in the program, candidates must be:

  1. Interested in learning about construction, manufacturing or healthcare
  2. Want to earn their high school diploma, GED, or prepare for college
  3. Be 17-24 years old on November 22nd, 2014
  4. Live in Kansas City Missouri & Surrounding areas
  5. And meet at least one of these conditions:
  • Low-income
  • Criminal background (juvenile or adult)
  • Documented disability
  • Foster Care (past or present)
  • Migrant family
  • Have an incarcerated parent


Submit a completed application and copies of eligibility documents by November 7th, including:

  • Social Security Card (copy of FRONT & BACK)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s License or State ID or Official School ID
  • Selective Service Registration Card or Form (males 18 years or older): Register online at www.sss.gov
  • Family Income Documentation
  • High School Transcripts (unofficial copy is okay – contact staff if you have any questions)

Candidates will not be scheduled for an orientation until they have turned in all eligibility documents.

  • Please contact staff if you need help with any of these documents – we are happy to help!


  • Eligible candidates will be scheduled for a group orientation in November 3rd – 21st.


Qualified candidates will be invited to Mental Toughness in December 1st – 19th. Mental Toughness is a 2 week orientation that gives students a chance to experience our high expectations in academics, career development, and community leadership. Mental Toughness is also designed to lay the foundation for strong personal relationships between students and staff and build a supportive team. Our goal is to invite more candidates to Mental Toughness than we plan to enroll in the program. This allows students to self-select out of the program if they decide that the high expectation for attendance, participation, respect, and teamwork are not right for them at this point in their lives. Final selections for the program will be made after Mental Toughness.

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