YouthBuild Offers Education & Job Skills to Achieve a Diploma


Individuals who are 16-24 years old and interested in earning money while finishing their High School Diploma or GED are invited to learn more about the YouthBuild- Benton Harbor program and participate in the 3-point challenge.

“We are excited to host this event and generate more interest in our program,” said Dwane West, Director of YouthBuild-Benton Harbor. “We are a unique program for young adults that are earning their education because we assist them with receiving vocational training, specifically in construction or healthcare. Our participants leave with education and a valuable set of skills they can take with them to the workplace,” he added.

The open house will take place at the Next Level Tech Center in Benton Harbor, located at 315 East Main Street on Wednesday, February 16 from 2:00-6:00 pm. There will be food provided and prizes for individuals who get first or second place in the 3-point challenge.

“We want to show young adults in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties a great time, but we also want to get them connected to the resources we have available for them. In addition to education and training, we also offer wraparound services such as access to transportation, food, childcare, and many other services to ensure success for each individual we serve,” West said.

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YouthBuild is a national program funded in part by the Department of Labor. Youthbuild-Benton Harbor is one of 260 individual programs nationwide and is a program of Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren.

Participating individuals do not need to register their attendance. However, those interested in applying for the program are encouraged to bring a photo ID, birth certificate and social security number to the open house. For more information, visit the YouthBuild-Benton Harbor Facebook page. For those who cannot attend, apply for YouthBuild-Benton Harbor here.

Michigan Works! of Berrien, Cass, Van specializes in educating, training, and employing individuals of all ages. We work with local businesses to find out what keeps them up at night and help them tackle the most pressing challenges they may face, including attracting and retaining talent. For more information, visit