Venice YouthBuild

Venice YouthBuild is a comprehensive program providing education, job training and leadership development services to out-of-school and out-of-work youth, ages 18-24. The students work towards earning their high school diploma or equivalent and job training certificates.
Note: VCH is no longer accepting applications for Venice YouthBuild.

Venice YouthBuild offers:

  • Individualized High School Instruction- at VCH’s on-site John Muir Charter School, giving participants an opportunity to earn their high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Job Skills- teaching students basic construction skills and safety practices. All students work to earn their Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) Certification, a construction industry recognized credential
  • Work Experience- students experience hands-on valuable work experience on local affordable housing construction sites
  • Leadership Development and Community Service- projects allow students to help participate in their communities. All participants are AmeriCorps members and work to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Career & Higher Education Guidance- helping participants and alumni into careers and higher education placement through career counseling, job readiness training, and job placement

YouthBuild Resources

Our Advisory Board


Santa Monica College EOPS/CARE
Debra Joseph-Locke, Ed.D.

Agustin Cabrera

GRID Alternatives
Ana Kim

UCLA YouthSource
Eddie De La Riva

Venice YouthBuild is a part of the national YouthBuild USA model. Venice Community Housing adopted the YouthBuild USA model in 2000.

Venice YouthBuild was developed out of a community need following the 1994 Venice Gang Wars. Gang warfare between members of V-13 and the Shoreline Crips left 17 dead and 55 wounded. VCH offered on-site construction training to 5 members of each rival gang at the site of our Tabor Courts property. In doing so, VCH was the first organization to offer a job training program in connection with the creation of affordable housing, funded by the LA Housing Department.

This project received $1,100,000 (50% of its total cost) from a grant awarded for 2013 – 2016 under the YouthBuild Training grant as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

For questions regarding Venice YouthBuild, please contact  Marisol Perez at or (310)573-8415.