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Reconnect With YDB & Show Your Support

Dear Caring Supporter of Young People,

Because of people like you young Detroiters have a second chance at a bright future and a way to reinvent themselves as young community leaders while contributing their skills to improving the lives of others.

Transforming Lives

“Young Detroit Builders was a great start for me and a great foundation. After dropping out of high school because of family issues, and working a dead end job getting paid under the table, Young Detroit Builders helped me get my GED and Pre apprenticeship certifications. Then they helped me get into advanced certification programs for lead abatement, and eventually a Sheet Metal apprenticeship program. YouthBuild was life changing.”- Larry, a program graduate.

Rebuilding Communities

“We see this project as a community resource.  We provide this house, that could have become blighted, as a training site for these young people, and they provide a space for a Senior Citizens Club house and after school activities for neighborhood youth. It’s a win - win.” -Kim, a Birwood Street resident.

YDB Needs Your Help

Help Young Detroit Builders focus on assisting young adults who have been overwhelmed by a failing school system. Your support will allow the program to continue to provide education and training specifically tailored to assist these young people. It will bring opportunities for students to participate in hands on vocational construction training while improving both the quality of housing for low income families and the quality of life for Detroit residents.

  • Your $50 donation covers the cost of a monthly bus pass for a participant.
  • $100 donation provides work boots and tools for a student working to gain new skills.
  • $250 covers the cost of one student’s access to GED software to prepare for the new 2014 GED Exam.
  • $500 keeps the lights or heat on in the building for one more month.
  • $1,000 pays one month of a stipend for a full time AmeriCorps member who recruits and trains volunteer tutors to support student success.


We could go on and on, but we’re sure you get the message. Your donation makes a significant difference. Give now so that no student has to wait to turn their life around.

Thank you for helping us build the future of Detroit.

John Autrey, Board Chair
Angela Wilson, Executive Director


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Contact Us

  • Young Detroit Builders – Learning Service Center/Administrative Office
  • 1627 West Lafayette Boulevard
  • Detroit, Michigan 48216
  • Phone (313) 964-2763
  • Fax (313) 964-2324
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