YouthBuild is a FREE program for low-income, young adults in need of a certificate of High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) who are between the ages of 16 and 24 years old. Each YouthBuild cohort is 6 months in duration. There is a stipend for daily attendance. Youthbuild integrates work experience with education, occupational skills development in construction and other career pathways, support services, leadership development, and alumni success. At the end of the cohort, an additional 12 months of aftercare is provided. Case managers provide support and work with the participant to find employment or apply for post-secondary schooling.



What we offer

  • Stipends for Attendance
  • High School Equivalency or General Education Development Class (HSE or GED)
  • College Education Exploration
  • Mental Health Services
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Employment Assistance
  • Career Training-Construction
  • Community Involvement
  • Leadership Development
  • Team Building
  • Hospitality Training 
  • Certifications:
    • Forklift Training Certificate
    • Pre-apprenticeship Certification
YouthBuild graduates leave the program with a toolbox filled with more than a hammer and tape— they have a solid education, real-world work experience, goals for their future, a support system, and the self-confidence to know they can succeed!

What we require

  • Driver’s License or State ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of selective service of Male 18-24 yrs. old (copy of card or print out from
  • High School Transcript (listing drop date, proof of constitution test, and individual education plan (IEP) if applicable)
  • Proof of low income (TANF, food stamps, or tax return)
  • Copy of court orders/documentation (if applicable)


618-242-6723-Mount Vernon

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Although Spero Family Services is a faith-based agency, programs are open and available to anyone fitting the service criteria without discrimination and regardless of faith or denominational background.”      


2023 Richview Road | Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 | 618.242.1070 |