The slogan above belongs to YouthBuild Boston, this year’s charity partner for CitySolve Urban Race Boston. YouthBuild Boston (YBB) aims to provide underserved young people ages 14-24 with the social, academic, vocational, and life skills in order to combat the high crime rates, unemployment, and lack of basic literary skills and promote sustainability and healthy communities.
YBB offers hands-on approach vocational training programs such as construction training and sustainable landscape design to guide young individuals with both vocational education and academic instruction in preparation for post-graduation careers. Participants of the vocational training programs have the opportunity to participate in large scale construction projects including the rehabilitation of 20 Rutland Square and new construction of affordable housing units on 131 Zeigler Street. YBB has had over 1,000 participants who have constructed more than 90 housing units, creating a profound impact on the city of Boston.