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American YouthWorks provides young people with education and hands-on job skills training to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through service to others.

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Phone Number: 512-744-1900
Address: 1901 East Ben White Blvd.
Austin, TX 78741
Based in Austin, Texas, American YouthWorks offers two primary programs: Youthbuild Austin and Texas Conservation Corps.

YouthBuild Austin (AYW-YB) offers young adults (ages 16-24) the opportunity to complete their education by earning a high school diploma or GED. Students also simultaneously receive career training and certification in computer technology, healthcare, or the green jobs sector. In addition, YouthBuild provides customized support services, including: counseling, basic needs assistance (such as shelter, toiletries, child care, health care, etc.), graduate support, college readiness, and a re-entry track for young people exiting the criminal justice system.

AYW-YB students enter the program disconnected from education and employment; most are low-income and face a variety of barriers to reconnecting, including homelessness, pregnancy or single-parenting, involvement in the criminal justice or foster care systems, bullied LGBTQ youth, and young people with mental health issues and/or learning disabilities. AYW-YB case managers and teachers provide wrap-around services in addition to education and career training to ensure that students have the support needed to achieve their goals.

American YouthWorks also hosts a program called Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC). Each year TxCC engages more than 100 diverse young people in conservation and disaster relief efforts. Members primarily work within state and national parks, as well as on protected lands. Last year, TxCC members served on 126 conservation projects across the Southwest.

TxCC's Emergency Response Team serves during the initial phases of disaster relief. Last year, TxCC offered direct assistance to 685 survivors, provided mitigation services to 1,431 individuals, and leveraged the help of 10,731 volunteers at the disaster sites.

We are so proud of our young people who consistently strive to better themselves and their community!

Impact Statement

Every year nearly 300 young adults come to American YouthWorks seeking education, jobs training, mentorship, and the opportunity to make a positive impact in their communities through service projects.

Needs Statement

Your gift will help provide education, intensive job skills training, and impactful service to our community. Expenses covered include salaries for teachers, crew trainers, student counselors, meals and transportation for students, classroom supplies, building materials, tools and supplies for job sites, and much more!
Janice's Story (YouthBuild Austin)

"My name is Janice. I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I came to Austin, Texas in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.

American YouthWorks took me in with open arms and opened my mind, not to mention so many doors because of all my accomplishments since I've been here. I felt like giving up at times, but YouthBuild would not give up on me. This school, I now call home. It is a family that looks for courage and dedication in people, to help them see their potential and give them will power to wake up every day, to be on time, and try your hardest.

I now have not one but two education awards to use toward college. This program helped me through it all. I was given resources I didn't know existed. They cheered me on throughout my journey and still to this day, because like we say here, 'Once YouthBuild, always YouthBuild!!'"
Google Fiber has offered a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.
Volunteer to work with young people in YouthBuild or Texas Conservation Corps. Individual and group opportunities are available. Visit our website to learn more: