Dorothy Stoneman, Ph.D.
Dorothy Stoneman is founder and president of YouthBuild USA, the national support center for 273 YouthBuild programs in the United States, and the sponsor of YouthBuild International which is working with NGOs and governments that are replicating YouthBuild in Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Serbia, and South Africa.
In YouthBuild programs, low-income youth ages 16-24 that have left high school without a diploma or are unemployed enroll full-time for 6-24 months. They work toward their GED or high school diploma while building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people. Caring adult staff emphasizes personal responsibility, mutual support, and leadership development.
Since 1994, more than 100,000 YouthBuild students have produced 20,000 units of low-income housing in America’s poorest communities. They go on to college or jobs in the construction industry and many earn AmeriCorps education awards for their service in the community.
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