A small, alternative school, YouthBuild PCS offers 16- to 24-year olds who have dropped out, aged out, or been expelled from traditional high schools, a unique second chance. In an intimate, supportive environment, students can take classes in English or Spanish, earn a GED diploma, acquire the skills to be successful in college or the workplace, and navigate the transition to adulthood. And this is no mean feat: 100% are low-income; more than a third are parents themselves; another third speak little or no English; and most begin with extremely low math and reading levels – often the reasons that they dropped out in the first place. Students alternate between the classroom (reading, science, math; job-readiness and life skills), a construction site (building affordable housing units), and service learning opportunities (creating community gardens and cleaning up local rivers). So building means many things: building knowledge, character, homes, lives. Young people who often feel that they have nothing to offer leave YouthBuild PCS with a different perspective: “I built that,” they say. They have built even more.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; Columbia Heights; Mt. Pleasant; Shaw; Petworth

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: We are a DC Public Charter School.


  • Number of children you prepare for success in school annually:   115
  • High school graduation rate (or GED completion rate) of your students:  
    42% of students who entered the school year with at least an 8th grade reading level as measured by the TABE, passed the GED
  • Percentage of graduating students successfully placed in either the workforce or a post-secondary education institution within 3 months of completing the school year:   83%
  • Student-to-teacher ratio:   15 to 1

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Budget (FY2015)

  • The current budget for Latin American Youth Center YouthBuild Public Charter School is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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