Based in Austin since 1975, youth and young adults have access to education, job skills training and support services through the programs at American YouthWorks. Our young people serve their community and help others through service projects. We believe the power of education and career opportunities removes barriers and creates a stronger community.
Through two primary programs, YouthBuild Austin and AYW Conservation Corps, students and participants learn the skills necessary to change their lives. 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. This research-based program 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 devastated by natural disasters like hurricanes, fires, and floods.
Our program participants often say American YouthWorks helped them discover leadership qualities, skills and purpose. Working alongside others in the programs fosters connection with community and prepares them with skills and certifications needed to enter the workforce. Through hard work and opportunity, our young people change the trajectory of their lives by discovering their purpose and serving their community.