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DREAMS YouthBuild &Young Adult Training Program is Settlement Housing Fund's Brooklyn-based alternative school and vocational training program that helps opportunity youth, ages 17-24, obtain high school equivalency diplomas and job skills, secure employment and go on to college or vocational school. As a YouthBuild USA affiliate, the program offers paid construction training to students who gain valuable skills and certification from OSHA and the National Center for Construction Education and Research while helping to rehabilitate affordable housing in their communities. Affiliations wtih construction partners like the NYC District Council of Carpenters, Building Skills NY 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 partnerships with other organizations, public officials, 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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