GED/Career Training

YouthBuild Long Island is a signature program of United Way, dedicated to changing the path of Long Island’s young adults by addressing the core issues facing our neighboring communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development.


At YouthBuild, young individuals, ages 16 - 24, work towards their TASC High School Equivalency Diploma while learning essential job skills. Serving young adults from the City of Long Beach and the Town of Hempstead.


YouthBuild students can choose from a variety of vocational training paths including:


  • Building trades & weatherization
  • Trades in offshore wind, solar and renewables industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Customer Service
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Medical billing and coding
  • Home health aide
  • Dietary aide
  • Food manager certification
  • Early child care
  • Hospitality


Prior to graduation, YouthBuild staff works to build partnerships with Long Island’s corporate partners in an effort to align YouthBuild students’ interests and goals with potential career and internship opportunities. Students are provided resume writing and interview skill workshops, and attend multiple job/college fairs and company tours.


YouthBuild continues to provide graduates with college and career counseling post-graduation that can lead to placement into a college education program or employment. Our trained staff works to provide additional follow-up to support retention and completion in these placements.


Apply Now to become a YouthBuild Long Island student.