YouthBuild La Crosse is a paid alternative education program where participants aged 16 years, 6 months - 24 years of age split their time between the classroom and a construction site where youth build a home in the city of La Crosse. Participant outcomes include earning a high school diploma/HSED/GED, work experience, and leadership skills.
YouthBuild La Crosse is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. YouthBuild La Crosse receives funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor, City of La Crosse, and Western Technical College.
- Participant is between the ages of 16 years, 6 months - 24 years, at enrollment; and
- Participant has dropped out of school. (School dropout is defined as a youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has NOT attended school for at least one school year quarter (45 consecutive days) sometime during his/her school career, who may have subsequently re-enrolled.); and
- Participant is one or more of the following:
- Participant is a member of a low income family.
- Participant is a youth in foster care (or aging/aged out).
- Participant is involved in juvenile/criminal justice system.
- Participant is an individual with a disability.
- Participant is homeless.
- Participant is a migrant individual.