YouthBuild San Jose Program

YouthBuild San Jose is an alternative education and workforce-development program that helps high school dropouts gain the literacy/numeracy and job-readiness skills needed to make a successful transition into the workforce and/or post secondary education.

Started in 1998, the program is open to young adults (ages 16-24) who are unemployed, have a poor work history, have been unsuccessful in traditional educational environments, raised in poverty, influenced by gangs, or involvement with the criminal justice system. Our program infuses these young adults with the knowledge, skills, and motivation they need to overcome their obstacles and pursue a pathway out of poverty.

During their time here, our students complete a rigorous academic and job-readiness curriculum. They earn their High School Diploma, attain their driver’s license, gain important life skills for succeeding in the workforce, learn leadership skills, and develop marketable construction skills through working on affordable/low income housing projects. Upon graduating, trainees enroll in post-secondary education and/or enter the workforce. Many of our graduates move in the construction industry through union apprenticeship programs.

Student benefits include child care assistance, paid work experience, personal counseling, job placement, educational scholarships, post-secondary exploration/placement, and social service assistance.

We are 1 of 21 active members in the California YouthBuild Coalition advocating for our youth with a strong voice in Sacramento.

YouthBuild San Jose is also a member of YouthBuild USA, a national organization that supports the 200+ YouthBuild programs with technical assistance, staff development, and advocacy.


Leadership Education
Action Pathways (LEAP)
YouthBuild San Jose
Program Director

Caruthia Archie
408-459-6408 Office or 408-569-5532 Cell

YouthBuild SMART
Program Manager

Olga Madera
(408) 595-6542 Cell

AmeriCorps Recruitment-Placement Coordinator
Marlen Rodriguez
(408)639-8418 Cell

AmeriCorps Manager
Mary Bravo
(408)595-3443 Cell