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DREAMSYouthBuild &Young Adult Training Program is Settlement Housing Fund's Brooklyn-based alternative school and vocational training program that helps unemployed, out-of-school young men and women, ages 17-24, obtain high school equivalencydiplomas and job skills, secure employment and go on to college or vocationa lschool. As a YouthBuild USA affiliate, the program offers paid construction training to students who gain valuable skills and certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research while helping to rehabilitate affordable housing in their community. Affiliations wtih construction partners like the NYC District Council of Carpenters and private developers, enable our students to be placed in construction jobs. An IT job training track has been added in collaboration wtih our SUNY ATTAIN Lab partner and YouthBuild USA. A dedicated staff provides a supportive environment with wrap around social services, college and career counseling, job readiness and placement, mentoring, leadership opportunities and communityservice projects. Most of our students participate in AmeriCorps.

DREAMS YouthBuild is part of the NYC Department of Education's Pathways to Education program and receives funding from the U.S. Departmen of Labor and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. Additional support is provided by the YouthBuild AmeriCorps program and private funders. DREAMS relies on partnershipswith other organizations, publicofficials, volunteers and employers to carry out its mission. Since the program began in 2007, DREAMS YouthBuild has successfully engaged over 300 opportunity youth from Crown Heights and surrounding neighborhoods in becoming Dedicated, Responsible, Educated, Accountable, Motivated and Self-Sufficient.

SHF YouthBuild Programs Building Futures Film 


Ditashiah Kohn, Director

DREAMS YouthBuild 

1615 St. John's Place, Lower Level

Brooklyn, NY 11233



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