YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

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General Information
Description of AgencyYouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School is a 501(c)(3) organization with over 25 years of experience helping young people reclaim their futures through education and vocational training. Our unique program provides former high school dropouts with a chance to earn their diplomas while learning vital job skills and providing valuable community services in just one year. After graduation, alumni receive one additional year of support as they continue into employment and/or post secondary education opportunities.

YouthBuild Philadelphia currently employs more than 60 dedicated teachers, instructors, case managers, and administrators to help students navigate their way through the program and transition to full-time jobs and post secondary educational programs. Our school has three core values: Excellence, Respect, and Perseverance. We firmly believe that our students contain the brilliance, talent and motivation to create a successful leadership pathway for themselves and positively impact their communities.
MissionThe mission of YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School is to provide out-of-school youth in Philadelphia with the broadest range of tools, supports and opportunities available to become self-sufficient, responsible and productive citizens and leaders in their community.
HistoryIn 1991, there was an urgent need to address the issue of out-of-school youth in Philadelphia. The dropout rate in the city's public schools hovered at 50%, and there were few job training opportunities available for young people without diplomas. With the support of a group of community representatives, YouthBuild Philadelphia began – in a single-room school with 28 students – based on Dorothy Stoneman’s YouthBuild USA Model (learn more at Now in its 26th year, YouthBuild Philly has granted more than 2,600 high school diplomas to young people from across Philadelphia, and impacted thousands of lives through our commitment to community service and workforce development.
Geographic AreaPhiladelphia, North Philadelphia
Public TransportationBroad Street Line (Girard), 15 trolley, SEPTA buses 4 and 15
Facility/ADA AccessYes
Intake ProcedureStudents must fill out an application to begin the admissions process. For more information visit
Intake RequirementsApplication, Information Session, Initial Intake, Mental Toughness Training
AffiliationsYouthBuild USA, School District of Philadelphia
Agency TypeSchool, Vocational Training, Social Services, 501(c)(3)
Hours of OperationMonday through Friday | 8 AM to 4 PM (EST)
Contact Information
Contact's NameEva Lexie
Contact's PositionExecutive Assistant
Contact's Phone215-627-8671
Physical Site Address 11231 North Broad Street
Physical Site Address 25th Floor
Physical Site City, State, ZipPhiladelphia, PA 19122
Main Phone215-627-8671
Web Address
Director Information
Director's NameScott Emerick
Director's PositionExecutive Director
Director's Phone215-627-8671
Additional Information
Facebook Page
Twitter Handle@YouthBuildPHL
Update Contact User IDTed Molloy
Affiliated Programs and Services
This Agency: YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School
Affiliated Programs: YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School - Philadelphia; North Philadelphia
Affiliated Services: YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School - Educational Programs