About us

Welcome to YouthBuild Preparatory Academy, Inc.

YouthBuild Preparatory Academy, Inc. is an umbrella organization that is authorized to operate both a school and a YouthBuild program (YouthBuild Providence).

YouthBuild Providence has been operating for 20+ years and is one of the longest continuously operating YouthBuild programs in the country.  YouthBuild Providence is known for its proven combination of integrated academics, industry-standard construction skills, personalized leadership development, and support for participants both during the program and as they complete it and move into gainful employment in their community.


YouthBuild Preparatory Academy, Inc provides a liberating educational experience to all students, with a focus on engaging young men of color, preparing them to be confident, civically engaged leaders.


YouthBuild Preparatory Academy, Inc was developed in response to the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.  We are committed to a holistic approach that builds community and promotes positive social, emotional, and academic development. Grounded in the principles of social justice, we uniquely blend a rigorous curriculum, wrap-around services, and caring community.  Open to all, we transform the school experiences of our students and strive to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

We live by our motto: Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve. To us, ensuring students attain a high school diploma and can demonstrate college and career readiness is just the beginning. We empower students—particularly those whose social, emotional, and academic needs have not yet been well-served—to be confident, healthy, connected to their community, and civically engaged.

We achieve this by acknowledging and addressing the mental, physical, and behavioral health needs of all students. We believe this demands authentic community engagement and connecting students to networks of influence while equipping them with skills to critically assess and solve complex challenges. YBPA is academic, rigorous, and socially conscious.

Our funding

The program is sponsored in part by the

    • U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    • Governor’s Workforce Board, Real Skills For Youth
    • The United Way of Rhode Island
    • The City of Providence (CDBG)
    • YouthBuild USA, AmeriCorps

Our Network of Organizations

YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild Preparatory Academy is an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income young people become educated, productive adults in their communities. We are one of roughly 226 YouthBuild programs, nationally.


YouthBuild Preparatory Academy supported by AmeriCorps National. All YouthBuild Providence students are considered for the awarded quarter-time AmeriCorps slots.

Department of Labor

YouthBuild Preparatory Academy is made possible through funding from the US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration.

YouthBuild Preparatory Academy is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.