HACE is Celebrating its 85th Anniversary

Mission & Vision


The mission of YouthBuild Elizabeth is to create a conducive learning environment that prioritizes the best interests of each participant. We are committed to providing comprehensive services that support the maximization of their full potential. Through personalized education, mentorship, and community engagement, we empower young adults to overcome challenges and build a foundation for lifelong success.


At YouthBuild Elizabeth, our vision is to be a beacon of hope and opportunity for young adults. We envision a future where every participant not only achieves academic success but also develops into well-rounded individuals who positively impact their communities. We aspire to be a model program that sets the standard for holistic education, fostering leaders who contribute meaningfully to a diverse and interconnected world.

Core Principles

1. Accountable Learning:

  • Value: We take responsibility for our educational journey.
  • Principle: Every participant at YouthBuild is accountable for their learning experience, actively engaging in coursework, attending classes regularly, and demonstrating commitment to personal and academic growth.

2. Transparent Progression:

  • Value: We prioritize transparency and truthfulness.
  • Principle: YouthBuild promotes honest self-assessment and transparent communication about progress. Participants are encouraged to openly discuss challenges, ensuring a supportive community that values truth in personal and academic development.

3. Integrity in Action:

  • Value: We uphold the highest ethical standards.
  • Principle: The YouthBuild community operates with integrity in all aspects. From the classroom to leadership development, ethical decision-making is at the core. Participants and staff alike are committed to principled conduct.

4. Couth and Decorum:

  • Value: We conduct ourselves with grace, politeness, and respect.
  • Principle: Leadership development at YouthBuild emphasizes respectful leadership. Leaders are taught to lead by example, treating others with dignity and fostering a culture of mutual respect. Effective instructors’ model and instill these values in their teaching approach.

5. Holistic Empowerment

  • Value: We strive for holistic wellness.
  • Principle: YouthBuild is committed to fostering holistic empowerment. Education extends beyond the classroom, incorporating elements of career, creative, digital, emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual wellness to ensure participants are well-prepared for post-secondary opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

A YouthBuild Elizabeth student needs to have:

  • Have a social security card
  • Provide a Birth Certificate
  • Have High School Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Provide proof of address
  • Have a current NJ Driver’s License or ID, Elizabeth Municipal County ID, or passport
  • Be between ages 16 and 24 at program entry
  • Complete Mental Toughness

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA). The product was created by the recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of DOL/ETA. DOL/ETA makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it. The total cost of the YouthBuild Elizabeth program is $1,880,600. The U.S. Department of Labor funds $1,500,000 (80%) and the other $380,600 (20%) is funded through non-Federal resources.