Youth Build 180

YouthBuild 180 is a program funded by the Georgia Department of Labor that serves young adults (ages 16-24) by providing education and vocational training to help at-risk youth to attain their GED and National Construction Certification. YouthBuild 180 supports youth to understand the relevance of learning through meaningful, hands-on experiences and ultimately long-term employment. This dual-enrollment program, partners with Georgia Piedmont Technical College to provide students with their GED and certification in two (2) semesters.


Opportunities for students include:

  • GED preparation classes
  • National Construction Certification
  • Hands-on learning
  • Leadership development
  • Counseling
  • Opportunities for community building and involvement
  • Employment and post-secondary exploration and placement assistance
  • Earning potential for participation

Eligibility for YouthBuild 180:

Residents of DeKalb County between the ages of 16-24, who have not attained their high school diploma and meet at least one of the following criteria, are eligible:

  • Member of a low-income family or homeless
  • In foster care
  • Youth offender or a child of an incarcerated parent
  • Youth who has a disability
  • Migrant youth

For more information about YouthBuild 180, please contact:

Helen Yohannes, YouthBuild 180 Program Manager,

678-723-8204 or