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YouthBuild: unleashing the intelligence and positive energy of young people to rebuild their communities and their lives


What is Heart of Oregon Corps YouthBuild?

YouthBuild members transform their lives and roles in society through earning their GED, high school diploma, or college credits, learning job skills, and serving their community through building affordable housing or working at childcare facilities in Central Oregon. Members in our program divide their time between classroom, field, and leadership development. As stated by YouthBuild USA Co-Founder, John Bell, "YouthBuild seeks to join with others to help build a movement toward a more just society in which respect, love, responsibility, and cooperation are the dominant unifying values, and sufficient opportunities are available for all people in all communities to fulfill their own potential and contribute to the well-being of others."

  • YouthBuild requires a minimum 12-month daily commitment, Monday-Friday, 8am – 3pm. Youth will be recruited from Madras, Warm Springs, Prineville, Sisters, and Redmond, with our main campus located between Sisters and Redmond. Public transportation is available to the Cloverdale location. 
  • YouthBuild has an alternating schedule; students are in the classroom - working on GED/high school completion, leadership skills, and vocational training.  In the construction field youth will be building, repairing, renovating homes, and learning apprenticeship skills.  In the field of Child and Youth Development, they will be working in childcare facilities – assisting teachers and learning positive development skills and practices. 
  • All youth will work towards earning service hours towards an AmeriCorps Education Award/Scholarship for college or vocational school.
  • Youth earn a small stipend during the program for work in the classroom and on the construction/childcare site. This stipend increases with positive work ethic, attendance, and clean drug tests.

Age Location Program Length Compensation
16-24 Sisters - supports students from Redmond, Madras, Warm Springs & Prineville 12 months core program then 9-12 months of follow-up Starting at $340/pay period
Next Enrollment Applications Due By: Scholarship Opportunities Education
Spring Cohort Starts April 10th, 2023 Monday April 3rd, 2023 $1,718.25 AmeriCorps Education Award Diploma, Credit Recovery, GED, College Prep

2023 Spring Cohort Information Session Dates

All interested applicants MUST attend one Pre-Enrollment Info Session before they can be invited for an interview. Interviews will take place on Thursday, April 6th. Each Info Session is from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at our YouthBuild office, located at 68797 George Cyrus Rd, Sisters, OR 97759.

Upcoming YouthBuild Pre-enrollment Information Sessions:

  • Thursday March 9th, 2023
  • Thursday March 16th, 2023
  • Thursday March 23rd, 2023
  • Tuesday April 4th, 2023

Applications for April Cohort are due by Monday, April 3rd.

Mental Toughness Orientation Begins Monday, April 10th.

Please note: when you complete your application, you will be redirected to a login page. This means your application has been received; you do NOT need to log in.
Heart of Oregon Corps is an equal opportunity employer; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Heart of Oregon Corps is prohibited from discriminating on the grounds of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs on the basis of the beneficiary’s citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States. YouthBuild is partially funded (60%) by a $1.5M grant awarded under the Youthbuild Grant Initiative, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration. High Desert Conservation Corps and YouthBuild are supported by AmeriCorp's funding.