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In partnership with Career Source Research Coast, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity and the Treasure Coast Builders Association, the YouthBuild program at IRSC is designed to assist low-income residents of St. Lucie County who are ages 16 to 24 and in need of a high school diploma become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. 

YouthBuild students learn while they earn. Participants attend free GED® and college classes; receive educational, job placement and career assistance; construction credentials and earn money while working part-time (for approximately five months) building Habitat for Humanity homes. In addition, YouthBuild has Construction A+ courses that participants can enroll in to earn a credential in CLA (Certified Logistics Associate) and I.T. (Information Technology). YouthBuild provides leadership development training and counseling/case management services.

Seventy-five percent of this program is funded by a grant awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment & Training Administration’s YouthBuild program. The remaining 25% of the project is financed by non-governmental sources.

GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (ACE) and administered exclusively by GED Testing Service LLC under license. This material is not endorsed or approved by ACE or GED Testing Service.


Applicants for YouthBuild must meet the required eligibility criteria:

  • Resident of St. Lucie County
  • 16 to 24 years old
  • Not currently going to school

Application Process

For information on how to apply or to learn more about the program, contact Ja'Quan Bentley Sr., YouthBuild Project Director at 772-462-7548 or

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