YouthBuild will begin enrolling for the Fall 2024 cohort in June 2024.

Valencia College has partnered with YouthBuild USA to educate and empower students by building a sustainable pathway to a better career through GED programs. YouthBuild programs develop ethical young leaders to take responsibility for their career, families, and communities.

  • Funding available to those who qualify.
  • Earn cash incentives for taking the next steps towards a better future.
  • Earn industry-recognized credentials and gain the experience to start working in a specialized career.
  • Gain hands-on experience building a home for a family in need while finishing your GED classes.

Contact for any questions regarding enrollment.


At YouthBuild programs in the United States and across the globe, low-income young people learn construction skills to help build affordable housing and other community assets such as community centers and schools.

Classes fill up fast. Limited spots available.


YouthBuild Class
YouthBuild Class
YouthBuild Class
YouthBuild Class


17-24 Years Old

Must be age 16-24.


Must meet income guidelines.


Must be in need of a high school diploma or GED.

U.S. Worker

Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Kissimmee, FL

Must live in the designated Kissimmee area.


Must be proficient in English language.


YouthBuild Graduation
YouthBuild Graduation
YouthBuild Graduation
YouthBuild Graduation

Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a deadline to apply for the program?
No. You can apply anytime. Classes have different start dates.

If I drop the program mid-way through, can I re-register next year?
No. You must complete the program within 12 months to obtain your diploma and certifications.

Do I need a driver’s license to participate?
No. But you do need a Florida ID card.


Is the program available to current high school students?
Technically no. You must not have completed a high school diploma or GED in order to qualify. Some exceptions can be made. Please contact us for more info.

Am I eligible to apply if I have taken a class at Valencia College before?
Yes. As long as you meet all of the other requirements.


Do I have to be a Florida resident to apply?
Yes. You must have an address within these Kissimmee zip codes: 34744, 34741, 34743, and 34746

Am I guaranteed a job after I finish?
Every student who completes the program is eligible for a paid internship opportunity to work in the field. If a student excels, they increase their chances of being hired after their internship.


What other fees or costs am I responsible to pay for?
Nothing. This program is absolutely free for those who qualify.

What are cash incentives?
Every day that you attend class, you will earn up to $20 for just participating! Each student is eligible to make up to $2000 just for participating.