SER Metro-Detroit
Service. Employment. Redevelopment.          

Join YouthBuild


  • Candidates must be between the ages of 18-24 years old
  • Committed to earning your GED (If you already have your GED, there are options
  • available if you meet the rest of the criteria.)
  • Ready to learn employability skills and earn incentives
  • Determined to make positive changes
  • Comfortable with physical labor
  • Open to new challenges
  • Dedicated to furthering career and post-secondary education opportunities
  • Willing to work with diverse groups & teams
  • Eager to improve the community
  • Interested in learning one of our offered career tracks


You will need to provide the following documents in order to join the YouthBuild Program. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. If you do not have one or more of the items listed below, don’t worry! We will put you in contact with the right resources that can assist you in getting the proper documentation. It’s important that you start this process right away so you can join the next class.

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • State Issued ID
  • Transcript from last school attended
  • Proof of Income (Last year’s taxes, other)
  • Proof of Services Currently Receiving (ie: WIC, SNAP, Medicaid, Health Insurance)

Leadership Development

“The Leadership Development initiative offers participants a chance to improve their social skills, and enhance their knowledge of politics, the economy, current affairs, the labor market, and the importance of an education. The YouthBuild program encourages its participants to take the first step toward real leadership.

Since YouthBuild began, participants have worked together to form a committee called The Student Development Leadership Council. The council is responsible for the overall experience of the students, as Ambassadors of YouthBuild. The Student Development Leadership Council is comprised of elected students to provide peer mentoring, opinions on YouthBuild policy, ideas for program design, and develop rules and regulations that are currently in practice at YouthBuild.”


YouthBuild Trainee Handbook