The mission of YouthBuild USA and YouthBuild International is to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives.
We seek to join with others to help build a movement toward a more just society in which respect, love, responsibility, and cooperation are the dominant unifying values, and sufficient opportunities are available for all people in all communities to fulfill their own potential and contribute to the well-being of others.
The intelligence and positive energy of young people needs to be liberated and enlisted in solving the problems facing our society. Young people in low-income communities want to rebuild their neighborhoods and lives, and will do so if given the opportunity. The desire to serve, to do meaningful work that is of value to other people, is universal. Community-based organizations need the resources to solve local problems and to mobilize local people, including neighborhood youth. Leadership development is a central element of effective community development and youth service.
Build a broad network of YouthBuild programs across the United States and in other countries. Ensure their excellence through providing funding, staff training, on-site technical assistance, publications, quality assurance systems, reflection on best practices, peer support, innovation, and relevant research on impact.
��Respect for every individual�s intelligence and
��Cooperation toward achieving common goals
within a caring community.
��Love for each other, humanity as a whole, and all
that is sacred.
��Courage to build bridges and go where we are not
expected to be.
��Diversity as a source of knowledge, creativity, and
connection to the full human community.
��Commitment to work hard and overcome internal
and external obstacles to success, change, and
��Integrity to keep our actions and values
consistent, to do the right thing even when
nobody is watching.
��Responsibility for the wellbeing of ourselves, our
families, organizations, communities, society as a
whole, and the Planet Earth.
��Community as a source of strength and wisdom.