“A place where the curriculum adapts and responds to its urban environment.”
Many of the young people YBP has served over the years have not experienced the “true value” of education. To instill this value, we have learned that education programming must be both challenging and relevant. Students – especially the young men we serve – must see a “pay-off ” for their efforts delivered in the near future. Therefore, in addition to the core academic content required of all Rhode Island public high schools, YB Prep’s three career-focused Academies are based on the professions of primary interest to the young people we serve. Each is derived from a social justice/community development theme to which YBP students have connected. These include:
Academy for Community-Building: Involves two components: the construction program and community-building is the foundation of all YouthBuild programs. Content, knowledge, and skill-building in the construction trades provide the vehicle by which young people “rebuild” or “redevelop” their communities. The Academy for Community Building also includes the nonprofit administration & leadership program where student learning is focused on leadership development and capacity building for nonprofits.
Academy for Human Services: Enrolled students are exposed to various types of human services professions including counseling, coaching, therapies, youth development, social justice and community organizing.
Academy for Future Teachers: Enrolled students engage in an early pre-service apprenticeship designed to provide content knowledge and practical experience in teaching. Students learn from and collaborate with college faculty.