Creating alternative futures for youth
After graduating from Harvard, Dorothy Stoneman joined the civil rights movement and lived in Harlem for 20 years. Seeing abandoned buildings, homeless people and idle youths moved her to start YouthBuild to create a positive future for low-income young people. YouthBuild re-enrolls them in alternative YouthBuild schools where they complete high school and build affordable homes for their neighbors while transforming their own lives. Each year YouthBuild programs engage 8,000 youths in local programs supported by the national YouthBuild USA organizations in 42 states and produce affordable housing for 1,000 low-income or homeless families.