2011 SCORE Award - Outstanding Non-Profit Organization
With the future of at-risk youth hanging in the balance, YouthBuild-Louisvilie has been there providing a lifeline since 2001. The population addressed by YBL is largely High School dropouts…ages 16-24. . . .many of whom are part of the juvenile justice process and possess little education beyond 6th grade math and reading levels. Caring for their Louisville community and refusing to simply stand-by as young lives were deteriorating, Lynn Rippy and her co-founders mobilized into action.
YouthBuild Louisville provides meaningful purpose to students who split their time between a construction site - building affordable housing for homeless and low-income families; and the classroom - where over 85% earn their GED or high school diploma. YBL’s impact over the last three years has changed the face of the Louisville community. During this time, 7 new houses have been built, 9 homes were rehabilitated, an historic church renovated, 3 miles of trails in local forests were redeveloped, and they have maintained hundreds of trees throughout the community.
YouthBuild Louisville’s impact is recognized through opportunity, training, resources, vision, and evidenced by former students who are now aspiring business owners being mentored by SCORE.