About us

Welcome to YouthBuild Preparatory Academy.


YouthBuild Preparatory Academy is an umbrella organization that is authorized to operate both a school and a YouthBuild program (YouthBuild Providence).

YouthBuild Providence has been operating for 20 years and is one of the longest continuously operating YouthBuild programs in the country.  YouthBuild Providence is known for its proven combination of integrated academics, industry-standard construction skills, personalized leadership development, and support for participants both during the program and as they complete it and move into gainful employment in their community.


The mission of YouthBuild Preparatory Academy (YB Prep) is to prepare young people for post-secondary education, career and leadership in a global society.

Our model

Our model is designed based on a community that recognizes and supports the diverse needs of urban youth, creates an environment for individual growth, and cultivates social and emotional development resulting in the successful transition from adolescence to adulthood.  YB Prep is laser-focused on academic excellence and achievement.  We provide a rigorous and relevant, standards-driven experiential learning community to ensure all students master the content and skills necessary to earn a post-secondary degree.

The YouthBuild Preparatory Academy is designed to serve the unique academic and non-academic learning needs of urban youth through either our traditional YouthBuild Program or our new Academy. The curriculum is grounded in the principles of social justice.  This includes a focus on social and economic issues facing urban youth, educational equity, politics and advocacy, community development, and mental, physical and emotional wellness.

Our funding

The program is sponsored in part by the

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
  • Rhode Island Foundation
  • The United Way of Rhode Island
  • The City of Providence (CDBG)


Our Network of Organizations


YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild Preparatory Academy is an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income young people become educated, productive adults in their communities. We are one of roughly 226 YouthBuild programs, nationally.



YouthBuild Preparatory Academy supported by AmeriCorps National. All YouthBuild Providence students are considered for the awarded quarter-time AmeriCorps slots.


Department of Labor

YouthBuild Preparatory Academy is made possible through funding from the US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration.

YouthBuild Preparatory Academy is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.