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Is PYB still open while COVID restrictions are in effect?
We are running all of our programs remotely through a combination of distance learning and socially distanced small-group construction training. GED tests are scheduled for small groups (no more than three students at a time) at our school building, with safety protocols in place. We provide masks and hand sanitizer anytime we meet in person with students.
How do I apply?
We want to see that you’re motivated to do the work and that you’re ready to help us help you succeed. The very first step is to contact us and let us know that you’re interested.
What if I need help with the application process?
That’s what we’re here for! If you need help getting the required application information, getting a computer or internet access for digital learning, figuring out childcare, etc, just let us know at any step of the application process and we’ll do our best to work out a solution with you. Don’t let things like that stop you from applying.
How much does it cost to go to PYB?
Our Bridge and YouthBuild programs are both totally free, thanks to our many generous donors who care about helping young people change their lives for the better. In fact, we’ll even pay you a small amount of money each month as a stipend so that you can worry less about your bills and focus more on your future.
This sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?
We agree, it’s a pretty good deal! The catch is that you have to work hard and commit to making a positive change in your life. We’ll give you support, encouragement, and guidance, but you have to do the work yourself.
My family (or case worker, parole officer, etc.) wants more information about PYB. What should I tell them?
We’re happy to explain the program to anyone who supports you or who you’re responsible to. Just let us know and we can give them a call.
Can I hear from someone who’s been through your program?
Many young people have earned their ged or high school diploma, received job training, and started a great career with our help. We encourage you to read through some of our student stories by clicking here.
Is PYB a good program for getting your GED?
Yes! Students in our YouthBuild program work on getting a GED or high school diploma while getting training in construction or technology. Our teachers are highly trained and very experienced in helping students who have been out of school for multiple years.
How can I get a high school diploma after age 21?
Since we’re not a public school, we don’t have to follow the exact same guidelines as public school districts in the state. In our YouthBuild program you can get a high school diploma even if you’re older than 21 years old, for free, in addition to vocational training, counseling, and help finding a job and a career.
How long does it take to finish YouthBuild?
That depends on your needs and goals. YouthBuild students attend our program every day, Monday through Friday. Some students are able to graduate in just a few months, and others stay up to a full year.
What if I just want to know how to get my GED, and I don’t need everything else?
All YouthBuild students receive our full array of services. We can recommend other programs if you are just interested in getting a GED or high school certificate.
When can I start the YouthBuild program?
We welcome new YouthBuild students at the start of every month.
Who can I talk to about Bridge?
When can I start the Bridge program?
We welcome new Bridge students at the start of every quarter (every three months).
How long does it take to finish the Bridge program?
Bridge students attend every day, Monday through Friday, for nine weeks.
Portland YouthBuilders is an equal opportunity employer and an equal opportunity program and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, disability, political affiliation or belief, or any other classifications applicable by law. Auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities are available upon request. TTY 1-800-735-2900. To place a free relay call in Oregon dial 711. This program is funded 25% through a Federal award of $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor–ETA for the YouthBuild Program Initiative as well as financed with funds provided through WorkSystems, Inc. from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act and the City of Portland.