Finding academic success as a former high-school drop out is not easy. Luckily, Windy City YouthBuild’s Education Coordinator creates personalized GED preparation plans for each student, as opposed to the traditional one-size meets all approach.
The Construction component is completed with the help of our partners Dawson Technical School and the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation. Youth are taught basic construction and carpentry skills by experienced tradesmen at Dawson Technical School.
Leadership means many things in the YouthBuild program. It means being actively engaged in the community and learning to advocate for yourself and others. Leadership also sometimes means learning to step aside, take direction and build teamwork skills.
Regardless of their varied ultimate long term goals, most of the youth who participate in the Windy City YouthBuild program express a strong need or desire to find gainful employment both during and/or immediately after core programming.
Windy City YouthBuild has helped me a lot and can help anyone else that really wants to further their education and be someone in life. Before I attended Windy City YouthBuild, I was doing nothing with my life.
Throughout our first grant cycle, Cohorts 1-4 had the opportunity to meet some prominent community and public figures and be a host to several others. Just to name a few: City of Chicago Alderman Continue Reading »
Many Windy City YouthBuild students have been out of school for several years by the time they make it into our program. Waking up for school at 8:30 am is a long forgotten memory and sitting in a Continue Reading »
Today, the Windy City YouthBuild program would like to cast its “Alumni Spotlight” on Josue Roque of Cohort 4. Even in Mental Toughness, before he was ever enrolled, the WCYB staff knew that they had Continue Reading »
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For the past 25 years, SER has assisted thousands of residents from across the City of Chicago in achieving their career and academic goals through quality employment, education and training programs. As a SER program, Windy City YouthBuild is honored to be an integral part of realizing this mission.