“The Mission of YouthBuild programs is:
I. To unleash the intelligence and positive energy of youth in order to rebuild their communities and their lives resulting in:
A. A profound respect for the intelligence and decision-making ability of young adults.
B. Availability of resources to reverse the impact of past experiences that have limited the achievement of their full potential.
C. Young adults who are empowered spiritually and intellectually to make decisions and take responsibility for their lives, their families, and their communities.
D. Young adults learning about and taking pride in their individual cultural backgrounds while simultaneously learning to respect and appreciate the many diverse cultures that make up our society.
E. Leadership development, education, and skills training combined with preparing young adults to take advantage of existing economic opportunities, create new ones, and further their education.
F. Understanding the importance of community service: compassion for and a genuine desire to help others.
II. YouthBuild programs seek not only to develop the capacity of young adults
but also to act as a positive force for change in the larger community by:
A. Creating affordable housing, housing for the homeless, and facilities serving various community needs.
B. Creating access to well-paying, long term, meaningful jobs for young adults.
C. Pressing for expanded resources for low-income communities and young people.
D. Providing and developing visible role models.
Stabilizing and strengthening the economic fabric of local communities through fostering entrepreneurship and individual residential home ownership.”