Screen Shot 2021-06-09 at 12.26.46 PM.pn
 

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM THE YOUTH MUST BE:

A.  Not less than age 16 and not more than age 24, on the date of enrollment AND

B.  Be one or more of the following:

·         A member of a low-income family OR

·         A youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care) OR

·         A youth offender OR

·         A youth with a disability OR

·         The child of an incarcerated parent OR

·         A migrant youth

C. AND a school dropout

EXCEPTIONS:

Up to 25% of participants may be youth who do not meet parts two or three of the above requirements provided that they are:


·         Basic skills deficient, even if they have their high school diploma or HSE; OR

·         Have been referred by a local secondary school to a YouthBuild program that leads to the attainment of a secondary school diploma.

THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT YOU WILL FIND WHEN VISITING OUR PROGRAM

We deliver instruction that considers and builds upon students’ strengths, accounting for individual learning styles and needs in ways that create the greatest opportunity for student learning and success. 

Indicators include the following:

  • Initial assessments and individual education plans take into account academic, social, family and health issues that impact a student’s learning and development.

  • Individual education plans are reviewed and revised regularly to guide instruction and program activities – all instructional practices are student-centered

  • Educators build on students’ prior knowledge to help them learn new skills 

  • Frequent opportunities are available for interaction and discussion between teachers and all students (through combination of group-based and individual interactions)

  •  All students are held to consistently high expectations, but all students also progress at their own individual learning pace

We use a mixture of instructional approaches to make instruction relevant to students’ lives, interests and culture.


Indicators include the following:

  •  Instruction is based on real-life situations and employs relevant content to develop knowledge

  •  Instruction emphasizes information exchange and active learning rather than information delivery

  •  Learners are actively engaged; learning is based on student exploration

  •  Instruction elicits input from students in class and in designing and reflecting on class work

  •  Instruction includes project and inquiry-based learning opportunities

  • Educators engage students to learn in collaborative settings

  • Educators use a wide variety of instructional materials (textbooks, projects, software and other resources) which are current and relevant to students’ lives

We strive to improve instruction by ensuring strong, nurturing and sustained relationships between students and caring, knowledgeable adults.  

Indicators include the following:

  • Educators know all the students’ names and each student is well known by staff

  • Educators consistently demonstrate respect and value for all students

  •  Relationships between educators-students; educators-educators; and students-students are all sufficiently strong to build a strong and interactive learning community in the school

  • School activities/events evidence intentionality around relationship building