Building Tools to Last a Lifetime
The largest of the training and education programs, YouthBuild Just-A-Start AmeriCorps Program (YB JAS), is a comprehensive youth development program which has, since 1994, provided over 600 young men and women, ages 17-24, who have dropped out of high school, with a second chance to earn a high school diploma or GED and transition into productive citizenship. Building on two national program models, YouthBuild and AmeriCorps, YB JAS engages youth in service to their communities while enabling them to develop their own academic, vocational, employability, leadership, and life skills and to make a successful transition to employment, training, and/or post-secondary education.
Many students enroll in AmeriCorps and serve for 1-2 years. A weekly living allowance is provided to each youth, and graduates may earn an AmeriCorps Education Award up to $2,363. Each year applications are accepted July – September. Please call for information regarding the starting date of the next program. Eligibility requirement: Applicants must be 17-24; without a HS diploma and out of school for at least 6 months; residents of Cambridge, Chelsea, other Metro North communities or some Boston neighborhoods; and be income-eligible.
Robbie Sanders (robbiesanders(at)justastart.org or 617-492-1460)