Based in Austin since 1975, American YouthWorks (AYW) supports young people to realize their full potential and effect positive change. AYW has created innovative education, training and service programming that enable young people to serve their community and transform their lives. We believe in the power of education and career training to remove barriers to a better life and stronger community.
American YouthWorks two primary programs are YouthBuild Austin and AYW Conservation Corps. YouthBuild Austin connects opportunity youth ages 16-24 with education and careers in the most in-demand sectors of local economy: IT, Healthcare, and Green Construction. Our research-based programming combines academics, vocational training, support services and guidance to employment and post-secondary education. AYW Conservation Corps conserve national parks and recreational areas across the Central Southern U.S. The Conservation crew members are also trained in Disaster Response and are deployed by FEMA to rebuild communities impacted by natural disasters like the recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
American YouthWorks connects young people with tools and resources we all need to reach career goals and achieve academic success. AYW programs build leadership skills, connection with community, and prepare young people with skills needed to enter the workforce with a strong work ethic and sense of service. Through our programs young people have access to the tools they need to lift themselves out of the trajectory of poverty and discover greater sense of purpose while serving their community.