YouthBuild Just A Start

By Just A Start

We are a youth workforce development program for out-of-school youth ages 16 - 24 from Boston Metro North communities. Students work towards their HiSET while developing workforce readiness skills.

Three 2023 YouthBuild Graduates pose in their caps and gowns.
This is an ongoing program.
Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday.

For 4 days/week we run 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We offer 2 sessions each year. This year:

  • Fall Session = October 30 - August 30. 
  • Spring Session = April 29 - December 27.

On Monday holidays programming moves to Wednesday.

Ages: 16 to Young Adult.

Must be between 16 and 24 years old on the first day of the program, a US citizen or permanent resident, and live in Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville, Everett, Revere, Malden, or other cities or towns in the Metro North region.

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Christina Uplinger
Program Operations Manager

Application required

  • Sign-up is ongoing

Fall 2023 Flyer

YouthBuild Just A Start Online Inquiry Form (Signup).

Fall 2023 Session registration runs until September 29th. To register, we request that you attend an Info Session to learn about our program structure, student support services, and the application process. Please fill out our Inquiry Form to signup. If you have any questions, call or text (617) 918-7532 or email Christina at 


Participants can earn up to $150 per week depending on attendance.


  • In-person only.

YouthBuild Just A Start

1175 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

Wellington Harrington
  • Transportation provided to the venue; see notes below.
  • Transportation provided from the venue; see notes below.

We provide free MBTA passes monthly for participants.

Refreshments provided.
Wheelchair accessible.

Additional information

This program includes: HiSET academic classes; case management support; career training (construction or retail/customer service); socio-emotional development; and personal finance lessons.

YouthBuild Just A Start is a comprehensive youth workforce development program for out of school youth that provides education leading to a high school credential; career exploration and employment skills training; and leadership and life skill building. Through their construction and retail/customer service training and community service work, youth gain work skills leading to industry recognized credentials, as well as applied academic skills. The program also provides comprehensive guidance, counseling, case management, and support services.

Program Overview