YouthBuild Program


The Fort Wayne Housing Authority YouthBuild is a program that provides leadership, education, and occupational skill development for local youth ages 16 -24 who are out of school and/or have not obtained a high school diploma. The program lasts six months with one year of follow-up and case management.


Supported by the Department of Labor, YouthBuild members can earn money while getting valuable training and have the opportunity to obtain their high school diploma and certification in construction and healthcare to prepare them for postsecondary opportunities.

Why Should You Apply

Our YouthBuild program members will engage in classroom learning that will prepare them for work-based learning opportunities, building and rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their communities.


  • Affordable housing
  • Weekly stipend/periodic bonuses
  • Paid worksite experience
  • Paid tuition


  • Between the ages of 16- 24 on the date of enrollment
  • Left high school prior to graduation
  • A resident of Allen County
  • Is a member of a low-income family AND/OR
  • A youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care) AND/OR
  • A youth involved in the justice system AND/OR
  • A youth with a disability AND/OR
  • The child of an incarcerated parent AND/OR
  • A migrant youth

How To Apply

Click here to download the application. For more information or help with the application, please email us at [email protected] or call 260-409-5050.