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Youthbuild Boston, Inc.

 27 Centre Street
 Roxbury, MA 02119
[P] (617) 445-8887
[F] (617) 427-3950
Ken Smith
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EIN 04-3080098

LAST UPDATED: 12/04/2018
Organization DBA YouthBuild Boston
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of YouthBuild Boston (YBB) is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility.

Our theory of change:

"Young people, when empowered with the skills and education necessary to improve their quality of life, will realize that they can play a leadership role in strengthening their communities."

Mission Statement

The mission of YouthBuild Boston (YBB) is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility.

Our theory of change:

"Young people, when empowered with the skills and education necessary to improve their quality of life, will realize that they can play a leadership role in strengthening their communities."

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2014 to Sept 30, 2015
Projected Income $1,755,397.00
Projected Expense $1,700,401.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Career Explorations: Vocational/HiSET Training Program
  • Pre-Apprentice Program: Advanced Vocational Training
  • The Designery
  • uBuild

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Mission Statement

The mission of YouthBuild Boston (YBB) is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility.

Our theory of change:

"Young people, when empowered with the skills and education necessary to improve their quality of life, will realize that they can play a leadership role in strengthening their communities."

Background Statement

 YBB has a quarter century of experience working with inner city young adults. We help low-income youth access academic credentials as well as jobs and economic security, focusing on those who are hard to reach and vulnerable to criminal involvement, either as perpetrators or victims. Our work has the reciprocal impact of reducing incidents of violence and strengthening the quality of life for all Boston residents. Of the 180 young people who participated in our screening process this past year, 82% were male, 20% had been employed full time within the past year, 32% had never formally worked, 48% had been employed part-time, 59% lived in public housing, and 35% reported receiving public assistance.

We are recognized as a Pre-Apprentice Program by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Department of Labor Standards, Division of Apprentice Standards. Our Building Trades Opportunities Partnership (BTOP) represents almost a decade of relationship building on the part of YBB’s executive leadership and board of directors toward the creation of a continuum of service and training that leads to a high-skilled, well-equipped workforce focused on the construction sector. The BTOP, comprised of policy makers, trade associations, funders and industry employers, advises YBB on curriculum and other practices that will help YBB graduates gain employment and help facilitate entry into the construction industry.

Throughout our history, YBB has maintained its focus on the construction industry, while making significant strides to grow laterally and provide a wider breadth of services to an expanded cadre of young people. In 2005, YBB established the Designery, which provides career exploration architecture and urban planning, and community service opportunities for high school students and serves as a dropout prevention model. In 2006 YBB developed its Landscaping Training Program, allowing participants to earn an Organic Landscaping Certificate and allowing the organization to target yet another partnership opportunity area, namely the landscaping industry. In 2007, YBB integrated green building science and methods into our curriculum and all construction projects, ensuring that our education and training is aligned with current environmental trends and requirements. As a result, in 2009, YouthBuild Boston completed a two-family home in Dorchester that achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum Certification, the highest level awarded.



Impact Statement

  • In fall 2014 YBB will complete a 3 bedroom renovation on Norwell Street in Dorchester, and will begin construction of another 3 bedroom project on North Avenue in Roxbury, with an estimated completion of fall 2015. Over the years we have built more than 90 units of affordable housing, creating first time homeownership for more than 50 families. We aim to continue to develop housing units in collaboration with students from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School with the goal of providing educational opportunities for the youth of both programs and affordable housing for the community.
  • In summer 2014 a new partnership between YBB and TechBoston Academy allowed the Designery program to expand their summer session from 15 to 35 students. We hope this, and other partnerships, will allow us to sustain 65 slots in the program each year, up from the prior baseline of 45 students.
  • YBB started a Venture Project initiative to serve as General Contract on projects for local nonprofits. This provides many benefits, including a wide array for training opportunities for the youth, affordable infrastructure improvements for the nonprofit clients and a source of revenue for YBB. In the past year projects were valued at a combined $320k, and our goal is continue to grow this initiative, taking on $400k worth of projects for the upcoming year.


Needs Statement

  • To better support our multitalented and efficient, staff, we need new accounting and development databases and 15 new computers (an estimated total cost of $10K).
  • In order to incorporate technology into the learning experience, YBB’s student computer labs also need 10 new computers and a printer (an estimated total cost of $7K). 
  • YBB would greatly benefit from hiring an additional carpentry instructor and converting our part-time Receptionist to a full time Program Secretary (an estimated total cost of $95K annually for both positions).
  • We also need to cultivate and expand relationships with Northeastern University, Boston Architectural College, Wentworth Institute, and Roxbury Community College to maintain a steady pool of co-op and internship placements to aid program implementation (an estimated total cost of $20K annually).
  • Maintaining enough tools and equipment required to run multiple construction projects simultaneously is critical to program success. At present we are looking to build out a storage area, buy scaffolding equipment, and create equipment kits for the dedicated use of the uBuild program (an estimated total cost of $3K).
  • YBB maintains 3 vans to transport students and equipment to project sites. However, they need to be replaced with more reliable vehicles. One newer van will cost approximately $15K, including one year of insurance.

CEO Statement

During our 25-year history YBB has worked to incorporate the best practices of alternative education, skills training and school to career work experience. Our programs represent the integration of well-tested interventions for youth at risk, incorporating career exploration, case management, alternative educational and experiential learning.

Service-learning opportunities are at the core of our programs, providing its unifying principles and placing it squarely within a comprehensive approach to transforming needy individuals into productive job seekers. YBB plans to continue to collaborate with local service agencies and engage employers to insure that program participants have the opportunity and support necessary to improve the quality of their life as they transition into the workforce.

Working in the construction industry gives young people a feeling of accomplishment and helps them become tangibly invested in the community. Trainees learn about the building trades from the ground up, gaining on-site construction and landscaping experience while exploring green building technologies. Students also learn the importance of civic engagement and environmental stewardship.

We want to evolve in response to community, as well as industry, need. We are eager to perfect our service learning model - uBuild - to provide deeper and more significant infrastructure support to the community through service. This will allow community partners to spend more of their time and resources on service delivery, and allow YBB to further development best practices that can be transferred to other YouthBuilds. YBB will continue to be a catalyst to help other critical organizations grow and strengthen their reach and impact.


Board Chair Statement

Since taking over as president in 2011, I have focused on developing the agenda for a small but very cohesive board. One important agenda item is to grow relations with the corporate community with the expectation that these partnerships will help underwrite the cost of our community service initiatives. We look to other opportunities to strengthen our position in the community (i.e. collaborating on grants, rehabilitating properties). YBB is excited to team up with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School to provide onsite learning experiences for YBB and Madison Park students, and support our mission to provide affordable housing in the community. Our project at 34 Norwell Street is slated to be complete fall 2014, and we have broken ground at 14-16 North Ave, which will be completed fall 2015.

Looking forward, the Board of Directors remains committed to insuring that YouthBuild Boston has the capacity to assist those individuals who need help in creating a pathway to the future. Fundraising is an ongoing struggle, however when donors give to YBB their gifts make a difference in multiple ways. For example, the non-profit agency that receives building improvements so that it can continue to carry-out its important work, the senior citizen who has their home weatherized so they can spend the winter in comfort and the child who has a new and safe playground on which to play, all benefit when an individual donates to YouthBuild Boston.



Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- North Dorchester

YBB serves the young people from Boston and the surrounding Suffolk County communities. Approximately 60% of our clients reside in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan - These neighborhoods have significant indicators of economic decline such as high crime rates, high unemployment and disproportionate numbers of high school dropouts. The Boston Police 2011 Crime Report Summary states that these neighborhoods are responsible for 50% of violent crime in the City of Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Business and Industry
  3. Education - Vocational & Technical Schools

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Career Explorations: Vocational/HiSET Training Program

Career explorations is the core YouthBuild program for disconnected youth exploring career pathways and working to obtain the HiSET (high school equivalency test). Youth develop an understanding of social justice and self-awareness while participating in service projects. Education instructors assist the young people of varying learning abilities gain proficiency in construction math and reading, with the ultimate goal of obtaining the HiSET.

Educational, job readiness, and social development skill-building for Boston’s young people remain central to our objectives. This program is designed as an 6-month program and has a unique focus on training participants for opportunities in the landscaping, painting, and property maintenance industries. Students also explore post-secondary educational opportunities.
Budget  $585,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Throughout the program students reap immediate benefits for the learning environment that is crucial to their positive self image and success in reaching their goals. By the end of the program period 85% of participants will have increased a grade level in both math and literacy, while 80% will register and sit for the HiSET exam.

Program Long-Term Success 

As a result of Career Explorations, students will gain an academic credential that allows them to not only participate in the workforce but to also seek post-secondary opportunities. Upon the programs end, 75% of participants will attain the credential.

Program Success Monitored By 

YouthBuild Boston uses a team-based approach to monitoring the success of its program and students. Student learning is continually assessed using various teacher-created instruments such as student blogs, written reports, quizzes, tests, projects and written case notes. Case meetings are utilized to ensure continuity in guiding a young person towards successful completion of their goals. These assessments are designed to help students recognize their accomplishments and their ability to learn.

Teachers administer the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), which students take during the initial intake process and again in 3-4 month intervals to assess progress in literacy and numeracy. Official tests are also given, and students HiSET test scores are reviewed by staff along with comments on improvements or areas in need of attention.
Examples of Program Success 

YouthBuild Boston is committed to assisting young people in attaining the academic credentials necessary to enter into the workforce and attain self-sufficiency. For the past seven years YouthBuild Boston has been awarded funding from the Workforce Investment Act through Jobs and Community Service in support of our continued success in HED attainment. Over a ten month time frame, 60% of students have attained a credential.

Pre-Apprentice Program: Advanced Vocational Training

This intensive 12 week job training program prepares youth ages 18-24 who already have their high school diploma for entry into the building trades. This program is successful when engaging these opportunity youth, and the curriculum centers industry recognized credentials, hands on experience and networking opportunities. We are certified as a Pre-Apprentice Program by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, lending deep credibility to the program. In addition, YBB has a signatory agreement with the New England Regional Carpenter’s Council which aids in post-program placement.

Recent projects include the renovations of a single family home in Dorchester, and a dance studio in Jamaica Plain.

Budget  $745,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Minorities College Aged (18-26 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
Students will see more immediate results in attainment of the following certifications:
  • OSHA 30
  • First Aid/CPR
  • RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting)
  • Crane/Forklift (2A/1C) License
  • Signalperson/Rigger Course 
  • Pre-Apprentice Certification

Program Long-Term Success  As a result of the Construction Training program young people will be able to attain vocational skills and industry recognized credentials that prepare them for employment in the construction industry. 84% of our young people will develop professional portfolios and become gainfully employed upon program completion.
Program Success Monitored By 

The curriculum is centered around student obtaining a series of industry recognized stackable credentials, therefore program success can be measured by the trainee’s ability to obtain those certifications and obtain work in the building trades.  

YouthBuild Boston developed an in-house Benchmark system that serve to demonstrate and track students' success in reaching their goals throughout the program. In addition, counseling staff track student progress through case management notes, student surveys, one-on-one meeting sessions, group discussions, test scores, and attendance.

Examples of Program Success 

From July 2013 - July 2014, the program had an 81% completion rate, with graduates placed in the field earning an average of $16.61/hour, well above the current minimum wage

The Designery


The Designery is a hands-on after-school urban architecture program and paid internship for high school students. Students explore architectural, landscape, and industrial design, investigate the environmental and social impact of design, and discover new career opportunities, all while connecting and interacting with highly skilled professionals in the field who serve as mentors and guides. Students, who are called Intern Designers during the program, hone their problem solving skills through a team based approach to real- world architectural problems and receive assistance in navigating a path to post-secondary education.

The Designery utilizes software typically used by major architectural firms including AutoCAD, Revit, and Adobe Creative Suites. Co-Op students from Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural College aid in program implementation.

The Designery is also able to provide professional-level architecture and design services to other local nonprofits. Nonprofits are often in need of design services when they move into a new space or construct an addition on their building but cannot afford the fees. The Designery provides architectural drawings and leads clients through the permitting process at a less expensive rate so they can save money for the services they are providing to the community.

Budget  $193,050.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 


It is the goal of the Designery to not only expose students to various opportunities in the design industry but also to help them build skills and self-confidence, maintain good grades, and advance toward a fulfilling career path. During 2015, we will be successful when:


  • 65 students have been enrolled in the Designery in a 12-month period
  • 100% of our Intern Designers successfully complete the program
  • 95% of Designery students engaged in the program have improved their social skills like public speaking, leadership development, working in teams, improving peer relationships and developed more confidence in their ability to lead a project
  • 80% of the students have improved their grades, level of class participation, and school attendance


Also, the community itself receives a design service through the projects that the students work on. Every project the students work on throughout the year (about 6-8 projects annually) are with community-based organizations and nonprofits, so not only are the students learning essential life skills to become successful but the community also receives design services that they would otherwise not have available to them.


Program Long-Term Success 

Over the long term, success for the Designery is measured by the number of high school seniors in the program who graduate and move on to secondary education. Success is also gauged by the number of students at any grade level who maintain or improve their grades at their respective schools while in the program. We have implemented, and hope to grow an internship program which places program participants into professional architecture and design firms who have been at the Designery for at least three sessions and have shown a strong interest in design as a career. This program allows young people who traditionally aren't exposed to the world of design access to a pathway into a career in design. 

Program Success Monitored By 

During the program session, teachers at the student’s schools are given grade check sheets to complete on behalf of the participating student. These sheets allow Designery staff to track the student's efforts, attendance and class progress. Throughout the session, teacher reports are tracked on a spreadsheet that shows progress and improvements of students.

The Designery also has the most updated computer software that architecture firms use including AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Studio Max, and the Adobe Creative Suites.  This allows our co-ops from Northeastern University and part-time employees from the Boston Architectural College to receive experience and training on modern computer technology while being able to lead real design projects that will have long-lasting impacts in their future careers and architects and designers. 
Examples of Program Success 

Our recent Fall 2014 cohort created a design for a functional and detached classroom attached to operational greenhouses for the horticultural program children at Learning Prep School in Newton, as well as a clothing storage and seating system for Hawthorne Youth and Community Center. The 2015 spring cohort plans to continue original our partnership with the Learning Prep School to further develop the classroom design and produce marketing graphics and materials to support their fundraising. They will also design and build a shelving and storage system for science classrooms at the Mary E Curley School in Jamaica Plain.

After 8 weeks at The Designery, our students will have garnered specific and transferable high-level skills and experience a real world, team based study of architecture, construction management, and landscape design. As a result, they’re prepared to successfully compete in the world of work and post-secondary schooling, whether they choose a career in the field of architecture or explore other opportunities. Equally as important, The Designery provides young people with a sense of accomplishment, and helps them to become more tangibly invested in their community and understand the positive impact they can have therein.




Our innovative community engagement initiative known as uBuild encourages employees and executives of socially responsible corporations and local businesses to join YBB staff and students to accomplish service projects that make an impact in Boston’s most underserved communities. Projects bring together vocational training students, a project sponsor and a community partner for a one-day service event that can involve as many as 150 volunteers to make an immediate positive impact in the neighborhoods of Boston. In 2014, more than 215 volunteers gave 2,500+ hours of service to impact over 2,000 people in need.

In addition to YouthBuild Boston’s uBuild corporate service engagement model, community service is at the core of our programming. Youth are involved in several different community service initiatives throughout their time at YBB that allows them to become change agents in their communities. Organizations we regularly provide volunteer support to include Cradles to Crayons, American Red Cross, Boston Food Bank, and several others. Trainees involvement in uBuild projects make them eligible for AmeriCorp Education awards after 450 hours of service. 

Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

uBuild allows YBB the opportunity to put its expertise in construction and landscaping to good use to revitalize the community around it. Whether it is working with corporate volunteers or providing direct community service hours with its students to support another nonprofit, uBuild’s unique model offers volunteers a special service experience in neighborhoods they might not typically interact with.

Our 2014 partners included Massachusetts Service Alliance, Sociedad Latina, Santander Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, New England Center for Homeless Veterans, and Shawmut Design and Construction.
Program Long-Term Success 

uBuild’s long-term success will be accomplished through developing long-term partnerships with local corporations and companies. YBB has already worked for several years with groups from Covidien, Bank of America, Santander, and the Red Sox Foundation, showcasing YBB’s ability to provide a worthwhile experience to many different types of volunteers. In 2013, YouthBuild Boston was officially named the Official Service Partner of the Red Sox Foundation. By expanding YBB’s corporate sponsor list and linking them to community partners in need of service YBB will continue to build its name and trust in both the social and corporate realms of the greater Boston area, establishing itself as one of the strongest community service and corporate engagement models in the region.

Program Success Monitored By 

The uBuild program has a database that tracks and documents all of its impacts including the number of hours served by both YBB staff and students as well as corporate and other volunteers, the types of services that were provided, the projected impact on the user of the service that was received, and much more. At the end of each service event, volunteers (both from YBB and outside volunteers) fill out an anonymous survey that records their satisfaction with the project, what they learned and enjoyed about their experience, and to list any improvements they feel could happen for the next project.

Examples of Program Success 


In 2012 and 2013, uBuild earned a number of successes, one of which was being named the official community service partner of the Red Sox Foundation. uBuild has completed several major projects including work at the Washington Irving Middle School with the Red Sox Foundation and Target.

2014 service project sites include McKinley Middle School, Epiphany School, Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, Edward L. Cooper Community Garden and Education Center, Paige Academy, Tobin Community Center, Ummi’s (a Dimock Center site), and American Red Cross Boston Pantry.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

For 25 years YouthBuild Boston has remained consistent in its commitment to developing programs that enable young people to gain the tools to become wage earners and contributors within their families and their communities. YBB, working with then Senator John Kerry and Congressman Joe Moakley, played a leadership in the creation of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s YouthBuild Initiative in 1995. YBB was also instrumental in the creation of the MA Dept. Many of the elements of the YouthBuild model that are used nationally and internationally (such as Mental Toughness and Policy Committee) were created by YouthBuild Boston.

In an effort to ensure that it’s training curriculum and methods would result in a quantifiable employment and retention outcomes in 2004, YBB introduced its “dual customer strategy” with the objective of YBB serving as an employment service for employers. In the same year YBB introduced landscape training as an option for its 16 -18 year old population. Two years later YBB introduced the Designery program and continued to grow its training capacity by offering industry recognized credentials and incorporating green building methods into its curriculum. In 2007, YBB introduced its uBuild program.

As we move through our 25thyear of operation we believe that the right mix of programs are in place that will attract investors who will contribute to the agency’s sustainability. Our primary activity will be vocational training which consists of two tracks (see section 2B) and will serve young people 16-24 years of age. We intend to double the number of young people we serve who have high schools and are committed to finding jobs in the building trades. The quantitative effect of our model will be an increase in the number of youths placed in meaningful employment, the related tax revenue generated by our graduates and the increase diversity hiring margin for building trades employers.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Kenneth G Smith
CEO Term Start Mar 1997
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Kenneth G. Smith has served as the executive director of YouthBuild Boston since 1997 and having spent most of professional career in youth development, has more than 30 years in the field. In the 1980s, serving as an advisor to the Juvenile Court in Roxbury, Mass., Ken helped develop a service delivery network for juvenile offenders and served as the first executive director of Roxbury Youthworks. Previous to coming to YouthBuild Boston, Ken taught at Boston University, Northeastern University and Harvard University. While at Harvard University, Ken served as the assistant director of the Phillip Brooks House and was the chief operating officer of the student-run Phillips Brooks House Association. He has also taught literature in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize- winning novelist Robert Coles. Prior to his employment at Harvard, Ken served as the Executive Director of the Compressive Offender Employment Resource System (COERS) overseeing law offender re-entry service for the MA Executive Office of Economic Affairs. Kenneth and his wife, Debra, an attorney practicing family law, have two sons, Jeff and Daruis, and one daughter, Charleen. Ken was recently appointed to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and is a member of the board of Citizens for Juvenile Justice.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Jackie Gelb May 1990 Aug

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Alison Carter Marlow Director of Programs and Operations --
Joe Diaz Construction Manager --
Sherraine Glover Director of Finance and Administration --
Greg D Mumford Deputy Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
United Way Member Agency --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


YBB’s executive director has served as the Chair of the ten-member Mass YouthBuild Coalition. He currently serves on the Governor's Juvenile Justice Committee.


YouthBuild Boston developed the service delivery model that is at the core of each YouthBuild program. Since 2010, YBB has been leading the Greening of Blue Hill Avenue collaboration with Nuestra Comunidad to provide energy efficiency services to residents along the Blue Hill Ave corridor and has been awarded a contract by ABCD to perform this work. Our most successful collaboration is with the Community GEMS Coalition - an integration of 5 agency tested interventions for disconnected youth. This collaboration was awarded a $1.5M grant from the DOL for the Civic Justice Corps Program to provide youth involved with the juvenile justice system with employment training, mentoring, and life skills services. This collaboration impacts over 1900 youth and families in the Boston area.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

YBB believes that its staff has the expertise and experience necessary to ensure that our programs utilize the best practices in workforce and youth development. YouthBuild Boston Management Team consists of five senior managers. The Executive Director has four direct reports.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 14
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 75%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 12
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Boiler and Machinery
Builders Risk
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Exhibit Liability
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Blanket Personal Property

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Sonia Alleyne
Board Chair Company Affiliation Santander
Board Chair Term Oct 2011 -
Board Co-Chair Tom Goemaat
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Shawmut Design and Construction
Board Co-Chair Term Oct 2011 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Sonia Alleyne Sovereign Bank Voting
Carol Cornelison Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Joel Feinberg Bartlett, Hackett, Feinberg PC Voting
Michael Fergus Townsend Design Group Voting
Tom Goemaat Shawmut Design and Construction Voting
Jerome Harris Parametric Technology Corp. Voting
Deborah Helvig Bank of America Voting
Brian McPherson Suffolk Construction Voting
Ellen O'Connor University of Massachusetts at Boston Voting
Ed "Tony" Ransom DCAM Voting
Jeffrey Simon Department of Transportation/MBTA Voting
Mr. John A. Wolff Bank of America Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 79%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 70%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Public Funds from the Dept. Labor, City of Boston, MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Ed. and the Dept. of Transitional Assistance has enabled the agency to stabilize its a service delivery model. For the future YBB anticipates that public monies will support at least 50% of the agency’s budget. YBB does receive grants from private foundations and corporations but, intends to dramatically increase its individual donor base. In order to accomplish this, YBB seeks to grow its marketing and communication capacity. YBB believes that the giving community will invest in a proven intervention model that has significant societal benefit.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,888,777 $1,950,310 $2,132,412
Total Expenses $1,887,547 $1,887,542 $2,121,768

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $736,466 $1,038,853 $960,523
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $736,466 $1,038,853 $960,523
Individual Contributions $633,662 $652,385 $758,426
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $472,205 $251,299 $407,167
Investment Income, Net of Losses $33 $127 $15
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $46,411 $7,646 $6,281

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,489,459 $1,479,347 $1,723,757
Administration Expense $255,438 $263,027 $228,269
Fundraising Expense $142,650 $145,168 $169,742
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.03 1.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 78% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 10% 9% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $1,061,315 $1,077,683 $1,024,738
Current Assets $469,477 $560,123 $442,911
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $194,567 $212,165 $221,988
Total Net Assets $866,748 $865,518 $802,750

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.41 2.64 2.00

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In the last two federal funding cycles, the federal YouthBuild Boston line item has decreased to $79M from $120M. As a result of this decrease, YouthBuild Boston has begun exploring revenue-generating projects. These projects are: expanding our Career Exploration program to include our landscaping initiative, expanding our Design and Build component of our construction training program and launching of our uBuild community service program.  These initiatives saw an increase in individual donations to our Agency.  However, as the demand for these services increased, we are now challenged with having the required student to teacher ratio fulfilled. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

  • Continued bridging of youth & community development: YBB has long-established track record of placing young people into the building trades, now we're working on improving and expediting the next generation of builders through high-level training on real job sites that also provides first-time home buyers with a brand new high-quality home.
  • Expanded strata of youth services: Not only are we serving young people who are unemployed and/or in need of a GED but we also work with youth still in high school in our after-school and summer job program.  We would like to continue expanding our program services to serve more youth in these areas in our service areas of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

  • Innovation:  To maintain our high placement rate of knowledgeable trainees, we continue to strive to incorporate the newest building materials and methods into our affordable homes. All our projects since 2009 are or will be LEED-certified, and all our trainees participate in the construction of these sustainable buildings
  • Milestones & Outcomes:  Since all of YBB's training is project-based, we set a very clear set of milestones and goals to maximize impact during and after all our projects.  Maintaining this process is an important strategy for success
  • Holistic Approach:  While staying in our mission, we aim to show how young people can positively impact the communities they grew up in through the projects and community service they participate in while at YBB

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

  • Project-based Program Model: YBB is unique in that we use real projects to train. Whether a young person is building an eco-friendly affordable home, building raised planters for an urban garden, installing rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff, weatherizing existing buildings, or renovating buildings for other nonprofits, trainees not only learn skills for the building trades but also give back to their communities in need
  • Proven History:  YBB has been in existence since 1990 and since that time has built over 90 units of affordable housing, constructed or renovated over 20 urban gardens and playgrounds, performed aesthetic improvements for over 30 nonprofits and schools, weatherized over 700 homes for low-income elderly residents, and much more

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

  • Milestones & Outcomes: Continuing our method of marking progress through milestones and outcomes will be a key component of displaying progress
  • Branding: YBB always strives to market our work in the community so continuing to see more of our projects and community service efforts throughout Boston helps to expand our brand and positively grow our organization

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?


YouthBuild Boston recently launched a collaborative partnership with the Boston Public Schools and its Madison Park Vocational High School and the New England Regional Council of Carpenters to offer hands on training programs and industry recognized certifications to Boston Public high school students. In addition, we have recently reaffirmed our dual enrollment relationships with Roxbury Community College and Bunker Hill Community College to ensure that young people who complete our program will have access to higher education as an immediate next step. By developing the one-of-a kind program model, whereby the public schools and local trade associations are connected through a local, youth-focused non-profit, we are positioned as an innovators in workforce and youth development. Through this model, we will have the capacity to augment our traditional student base with students from Madison Park High School, thus expanding opportunities for additional numbers of youth. 


In addition to our collaboration with BPS and New England Regional Council of Carpenters. We have also launched our Build Trades Opportunity Partnership (BTOP) to help facilitate young people who have a high school diploma get into the construction industry. This group comprised of policy makers, trade associations, funders and industry employers advises YBB on curriculum and other practices that will help YBB graduates gain employment. The BTOP will significantly advance our partnership model and ensure increased breadth and depth across our vocational training programs.