SER YouthBuild

SER’s YouthBuild program follows the established YouthBuild national model, combining personalized GED instruction with hands-on construction training to boost employability. It fosters leadership skills and prepares youth for further education and work through service projects, career training, and experience. Supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, SER Metro-Detroit YouthBuilders offers two career paths while earning a diploma or GED: Construction Trades or Health Care. 

Construction Path

Construction learners explore 22 trades, gain carpentry experience, and earn industry credentials (such as NABTU’s Multi-Craft Core Curriculum, OSHA 10/30, CPR/First Aid/AED, and EPA’s Lead Renovation Repair & Painting Rule Certification). Participants positively impact their community by constructing affordable housing, building confidence, commitment, and interpersonal skills for success.


  • Must be 17-24 years old to apply 
  • Detroit Resident with few exeptions
  • Disconnected from High School
  • Interested in committing to Health Care or Construction Certifications
    • *Other eligibility & income requirements may apply*


Southwest Detroit
SER Youth Workforce Center  (SER  YouthBuild  Learning  Academy)
9215 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210   

Program Benefits

  • Increased employability, leadership, confidence
  • Development of skills needed to enroll into credit-bearing college level courses or apprenticeship programs
  • Development of critical communication and networking skills
  • Understanding the importance of social impact through civic engagement
  • High School Equivalency & opportunities in high-paying entry-level career paths 

Healthcare Path

Health Care participants work towards state certification as Patient Care Technicians. They learn principles and techniques, including electrocardiography, phlebotomy, nurse’s aide duties, and safety measures, emphasizing legal, ethical considerations, and CPR/First Aid/AED.

For more information about our programs, click here to fill out the Youth Registration form, visit our center, or call 313-945-5200 ext. 4200.

For more information about our Adult GED program, click here to fill out the interest form or call 313-945-5200 ext. 4242.

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