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About YouthBuild Elizabeth

What is YouthBuild Elizabeth?

YouthBuild Elizabeth is a program that helps young adults ages 16-24 from the City of Elizabeth earn GEDs while getting paid to learn a specialized skill (nursing aids, carpentry, etc.). Participants can receive 6 months of classroom GED® instruction and 6 months of job placements and support services. YouthBuild Elizabeth also offers onsite construction training and medical programs, and other types of training for participants pursuing certifications. Stipends are also available for meals, transportation, community service, and job training.

HACE YouthBuild Elizabeth Healthcare Training
HACE YouthBuild Elizabeth Construction Training

YouthBuild Elizabeth Program Benefits

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn your GED

YouthBuild Elizabeth staff will guide you on your way to earning your high school diploma. Participants will be able to attend GED® classes to prepare them for the GED® exam. 

Get access to paid training, certifications, and support services

Participants can receive 6 months of classroom GED® instruction and 6 months of job placements and support services. YouthBuild Elizabeth also offers onsite construction training and medical programs, and other types of training for participants pursuing certifications. Stipends are also available for meals, transportation, community service, and job training.

YouthBuild Elizabeth will help youth acquire national certifications in one or more of the following:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research
  • Certified Home Health Aid*
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with optional concentrations in Billing and Coding, and Phlebotomy*
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant*

*Training and apprenticeship placement will be provided by Kaizen Technologies.

All participants receiving national certifications will be able to work as paid apprentices in their respective industries.

Hone your skills and benefit from job placements

YouthBuild Elizabeth staff and partners are ready and willing to set you up for success. Various skills development classes and events are offered to ensure job placements for program participants.

What Do I Need to Qualify?

YouthBuild Elizabeth encourages the following individuals to apply for the program:

  • Young adults ages 16-24

  • Individuals seeking to obtain their high school diploma via GED® completion
  • High school graduates seeking higher-paying jobs

  • Residents of the City of Elizabeth, especially from the Bayway area 

 

How to Get Started

  1. Contact the program for more information
  2. Attend the 2-week YouthBuild Orientation (complete application, take entrance exams, etc.)

Start an exciting career with YouthBuild Elizabeth!

Enroll in the YouthBuild Elizabeth Program by filling out the Interest Form and we will contact you:

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Contact

 

If you have questions, visit our FAQ page. Please reach out to HACE’s YouthBuild Elizabeth Program Director with other questions and to enroll:

Marie Thelusma-Chase, CFRE
YouthBuild Elizabeth Program Director
908-965-2400 ext.130
mchase@hacenj.com

Nikea Young-Bagley, MSW
YouthBuild Elizabeth Social Worker
908-965-2400 ext.130
nyoung-bagley@hacenj.com

Jacqueline Jenkins
YouthBuild Elizabeth Job Developer
908-965-2400 ext.130
jjenkins@hacenj.com

688 Maple Ave,
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
www.hacenj.com