Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is YouthBuild?
A.   YouthBuild is a comprehensive youth/young adult community strengthening, education and workforce development program that addresses core issues facing low-income community residents. The OIC of South Florida (OIC-SFL) YouthBuild program engages young adults between the ages of 17-24 and provides alternative education and employment pathways through strategic career development planning. The YB program assists training participants with obtaining a HS Diploma or GED while advancing toward either post-secondary education, employment or entrance into the armed services.
Q. How is earning a high school diploma or GED at OIC-SFL’s YouthBuild Program different from earning a high school diploma or GED at a Broward County Prep, Adult, Alternative or Opportunity School?
A. Unlike most adult, alternative/opportunity schools or GED prep programs, OIC-SFL’s YouthBuild program offers trainees the opportunity to either earn a high school diploma or GED depending on the basic skills assessment level of the individual.
  • Earning a high school diploma – The YouthBuild Program academic studies for a high school diploma is achieved through a blended learning model in partnership with Penn Foster High Schools, one of the largest private high schools in the country. The OIC/Penn Foster model is customized to meet the learning needs of each trainee and incorporates a career pathway for matriculation into post-secondary education and/or employment.
  • Earning a GED – In partnership with Atlantic Technical College, completion of a GED through the OIC-SFL YouthBuild Program pairs a non-traditional academic approach to education with career and leadership development, community action projects/initiatives and on-the-job work experiences.
Q. How long will it take me to earn my high school diploma or GED through the OIC-SFL YouthBuild Program?
A. Earning a high school diploma or GED varies depending on how many credits a trainee comes in with and the effort and commitment each person brings to completing the program.
Q. I am over 18 and aged out of high school. How can I still earn a diploma?
A. The OIC-SFL YouthBuild Program is able to enroll and offer a high school diploma in partnership with Penn Foster High schools, to students between the ages of 18 to 24.
Q. What is Penn Foster High School and who recognizes the Penn Foster Diploma?
A. Penn Foster High School is a U.S. for profit distance education private high school. The school was founded in 1890 and is now one of the largest high schools in the United States with over 50,000 students currently enrolled across all 50 states. Acceptance of a high school diploma can vary based on the college or university. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.
Q. I don’t want to go into the construction field. Do I have to complete that portion of the YouthBuild Training Program?
A. Yes. The OIC-SFL YouthBuild Program is a job training program which aligns trainees for work either directly in the Construction field or fields in which the knowledge, skills and abilities of the construction tasks/job duties are applicable.
Q. Will I get paid for being a YouthBuild trainee? 
A. Yes. You may earn up to $100.00 per week for a maximum of 26 weeks during the academic and worksite training period.
Q. When will I get paid for being a trainee? 
A. You are eligible to begin receiving a stipend upon enrollment into the construction training program.
Q. If I am on probation, can I still participate? 
A. Probation does not exclude you from applying. A member of our team can review your probation terms to ensure your eligibility.
Q. If I have my high school diploma can I participate? 
A. High school graduates may be considered for enrollment in the YouthBuild training program after being identified as basic skills deficient by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).  Space for high school graduates are limited.
Q. If I am in college, can I participate? 
A. No. The YouthBuild Program is tailored to assist students who may have encountered barriers to completing or obtaining their high school diploma as well as high school graduates who are not currently in school and are interested in the construction industry.
Q. If I live in Florida but not in one of the 9 targeted areas, can I participate? 
A. No. You must reside in 1 of the 9 targeted areas as identified.
Q. If I am going to be 25 years old soon can I still participate? 
A. You must be under 24 at the time of program enrollment.
Q. If I am a high school dropout but younger than 17 can I participate? 
A. No. Eligible program participants must be between the ages of 17-24.
Q. Where will the training be located? 
A. The construction work site trainings are scheduled in various locations within Broward County.
Q. How many hours a week is the training?
A. The entire training is between 26 - 32 hours per week. 
Q. How many hours of Basic Skills Training? 
A. 16 to 24 hours per week.
Q. How many hours of Construction Training per week? 
A. A minimum of 16 hours per week 
Q. How many hours of Work-site Training per week? 
A. A minimum of 10 hours per week. 
Q. How many hours of community service/leadership training? 
A. A minimum of 7 hours per week. 
Q. Is lunch provided by the training program?
A. No. Lunch is the individual responsibility of each trainee.
Q. If I have a disability will I be able to participate?
A. The YouthBuild Program is an equal opportunity program and includes persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities would need to submit a request for reasonable accommodations as with any employment and training opportunity.
Q. If I am pregnant, can I participate?  
A. All applicants must be able to perform the physical duties of all phases of the program. Reasonable accommodations will be considered as it relates to those individuals requiring them.
Q. If I am working, can I participate? 
A. Yes. An applicant that is currently employed must be able to comply with program attendance requirements.