Denver YouthBuild

Denver YouthBuild

Are you between 16 and 24 years old? Do you need to get your GED or High School diploma? Are you interested in a job in construction? Are you ready to change your life?

Denver YouthBuild is a 6-12 month training program that allows students to work towards their High School diploma or GED part-time while engaging in hands-on training in residential construction techniques part-time.

Denver YouthBuild provides extensive career exploration while preparing young people for a variety of jobs. It’s not just field jobs – the skills learned through Denver YouthBuild are applicable to any job in the construction trades, from Project Manager to Architect. Students have the opportunity to perform hands-on work in numerous types of build projects so they can figure out if construction is the right career for them. Graduates get assistance with the next steps of their futures, whether it is employment, advanced training such as Apprenticeship, and/or college.

Training Content:
  • Half-day academic classes
  • Contextualized construction lessons
  • Hands-on projects
  • Measurement & math skills
  • Power & hand tool skills
  • Job-readiness training
  • Post-graduation support
Denver YouthBuild Graduates Earn:
  • GED or high school diploma
  • Monthly stipend and RTD bus tickets
  • HBI PACT Core & PACT 6 certifications
  • OSHA-10 certification
  • CPR and first aid certifications
  • Field work experience
  • Referrals to employers
Industry Certifications

Denver YouthBuild’s hands-on skills training leads to an industry-recognized Home Builders Institute Pre-Apprentice Certification Training (HBI-PACT) certificate. Denver YouthBuild students complete assessments utilizing HBI-PACT rubrics, culminating in the issuance of a “PACT General Carpentry” certification that signals competency in basic carpentry skills. These carpentry skills, however, are the baseline skills for the entire construction industry. Therefore, HBI-PACT certification qualifies Denver YouthBuild graduates for entry-level employment across the myriad construction professions. Denver YouthBuild students also obtain Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour certification that is valid for a student’s lifetime, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.

Professional Development

Denver YouthBuild devotes considerable time to so-called “soft-skills training” designed to equip students with the tools necessary to overcome their individual barrier(s) to employment. All students work one-on-one with a CCI Student Engagement Coach to set individual plans to reach their personal and employment goals. CCI also collaborates with The Conflict Center for soft-skills training. Some examples of soft-skills lessons include: time management, financial literacy, giving/receiving coaching, personal advocacy, conflict resolution, resume writing, and interview techniques. Denver YouthBuild also utilizes a “Youth Leadership Development” curriculum approved by YouthBuild USA, a national YouthBuild advocacy group. “Youth Leadership Development” includes lessons on neighborhood engagement and civic engagement.


In Denver YouthBuild, a young person’s academic education is equally important as their construction skills training. Before start-of-program, each prospective Denver YouthBuild student takes a Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) exam to gauge remediation needs. Once in program, students spend an entire half of their time engaged in academic education with one of our accredited education partners, Emily Griffith Technical College (for GED academics) or Colorado High School Charter (for high school academics). Academics are reinforced through construction training as students engage in contextualized math and science lessons through hands-on applications. Denver YouthBuild students learn the principles of basic fraction algebra, measurement skills, and basic geometry in the “Construction Classroom,” then put those principles to work in the hands-on “Construction Lab.” At the end of program each student takes the TABE exam again, so that comparisons between pre- and post-program tests reveal improvements in numeracy and literacy.

Post Graduation Support

Each Denver YouthBuild graduate receives an additional 12 months of post-program placement and follow-up support with the CCI Career Success Coach. This individual acts as a post-program mentor, maintaining bi-weekly communication with graduates and facilitating regular communication between CCI and construction industry employers that hire Denver YouthBuild graduates. The Career Success Coach coordinates additional trainings as necessary, to give graduates stackable credentials that lead to career advancement and job retention. Denver YouthBuild graduates can expect a starting wage of approximately $16/hour.

Denver YouthBuild is made possible thanks to a grant from U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

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Interested in joining Denver YouthBuild? Call 303.997.0453 to schedule an information session to learn more about the program and tour our facilities.


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