In conjunction with the education component, YouthBuild San Joaquin (YBSJ) is a job training and pre-apprenticeship program in which young people receive close supervision and training in construction technology from certified construction instructors. Students enrolled in construction technology courses learn basic skills necessary for succeeding in an apprentice program and gain trade experience needed to secure high-paying, in-demand construction jobs. All projects completed by YBSJ students are dedicated to improving the community and/or developing housing for low-income residents.
YBSJ is not a job, but, students are eligible to receive stipends intended to offset basic living expenses. Stipends and the amount of money received are directly connected with each student's attendance. With this, YBSJ is a drug free zone and strictly adheres to a zero tolerance policy. This policy is enforced by frequent, random drug testing.
Plan Your Future
All YBSJ graduates receive support services for on year after graduation to ensure a successful transition in to the world of work and college. A YBSJ Career Developer will work with each graduate to encourage them with making their post-grad plan a reality! Services are based on the student needs, but include: gaining work readiness skills, identifying positive work ethics, developing a resume and cover letter, preparing for interviews, applying and searching for jobs and careers, taking college tours, researching financial aid, and filling out college applications.