We offer GED classes in partnership with Dutchess Community College, and pay you for attendance + completion.


We provide you with training and jobs to make money!

You will receive job ready certifications for completely free


Through mentorship and training, you will set an example for the next generation and inspire others with your accomplishments.

Why YouthBuild?

Bi-Weekly Paychecks
For Preformance

Small Classes

College Credits

Hands-On Training

College & Career 

Youth Mentoring

Industry Recognized

Goal Based Education



Leadership Opportunities

And More

YouthBuild believes that the goals, dreams, and aspirations of every young person are real. They are important, and they are achievable.

Young people do not need fixing; they need champions who see them for who they really are, and who they can become. Every young person possesses the potential to become a community leader and should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

At Nubian Directions II, the Youthbuild program is geared towards helping individuals without a high school diploma to obtain their GED, all while acquiring practical skills that can positively impact their lives in the long term.

We are one of the 276 YouthBuild programs across the United States, Nubian Directions II aims to change the lives of young people by providing training, community service opportunities, and sustainable-wage jobs.

Am I Eligible To Join YouthBuild?

Age Requirement:

Between the ages of 16 and 24 on the date of enrollment.


Needs to be one or more of the following:

A member of a low-income family (including youth experiencing housing instability)

Youth in foster care ( including youth aging out of foster care )

A youth involved in the justice system

A youth who is an individual with a disability  

A child of an incarcerated parent

A migrant youth


One of the following:

Left high school prior to graduation

An individual who left high school prior to graduation and has subsequently re-enrolled (as provided in WIOA Sec. 171(e)(1) Eligible Participants).


As it relates to determining which youth are considered out-of-school youth, DOL does not consider providers of Adult Education under YouthBuild programs to be “schools.”

Therefore, WIOA Youth programs may consider youth out-of-school for purposes of WIOA Youth program eligibility if they are attending Adult Education provided under YouthBuild.

Up to, but not more than, 25 percent of the participants in the program may be youth who do not meet criteria 2 or 3 above, but they must meet the following:

Be basic skills deficient, despite attainment of a high school diploma or its state-recognized equivalent

Have been referred by a local secondary school for participation in a YouthBuild program leading to the attainment of a high school diploma.

NOTE: Male participants aged 18 or older must register for the U.S. Selective Service System (www.sss.gov) before being provided any program services. If they turn 18 while participating, they must register at that time.

Introducing PAVE - The Pathway to Academic and Vocational Excellence for local students! 📚🔨

What is PAVE? 🏫👷‍♂️

PAVE II is a program developed in partnership with Poughkeepsie City School District (PCSD) to serve 9th-12th Graders who need credit recovery or defer college enrollment for work. PAVE II offers a range of services including academic enrichment, vocational/construction training, customer service training, and community service/leadership development.

What's in it for you? 💪🎓

PAVE helps students recover credits, graduate on time, and gain valuable skills for the workforce. Students receive tutoring based on their needs and can also participate in vocational training for construction, customer service, and leadership development. PAVE II equips students with the skills and certifications needed to pursue employment opportunities or further education after graduation.

Benefits for the community 🏘️🌱

PAVE addresses the shortage of affordable housing in Dutchess County and Poughkeepsie by rehabilitating vacant and blighted houses. This approach stabilizes neighborhoods, helps low-income families achieve homeownership or affordable rents, and promotes green and energy-efficient housing. PAVE II graduates also have increased earning potential through apprenticeships with local trade unions or employment in the construction field.

Join PAVE for a brighter future! 🌟

PAVE is staffed with experienced professionals who are dedicated to supporting student success. Don't miss this opportunity to recover credits, gain valuable skills, and make a positive impact in the community. Enroll in PAVE today! #PAVE2 #PathwayToExcellence

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