The mission of The YouthBuild Preparatory Academy (YBPA); – is to prepare young people ages 14 – 21 for postsecondary education, career, and leadership in a global society.
Our model – while open to all students – is designed based on a community that recognizes and supports the diverse needs of urban young men, creates an environment for individual growth, and cultivates social and emotional development resulting in a successful transition from boyhood to manhood. YouthBuild Prep Academy is laser-focused on academic excellence and achievement.
We provide a rigorous and relevant, standards-driven experiential learning community to ensure all students master the content and skills necessary to earn a postsecondary degree.
The young Scholars who will enroll in our YouthBuild Prep Academy will be considered an asset, and therefore, are believed to be a critical element in solving the challenges facing our community. This belief is operationalized by principles that guide the formulation, execution, and evaluation of all academic content, pedagogies, assessments, support services and postsecondary readiness activities. In sum, the following guiding principles will help our school community support the development of students’ intellectual skills and confidence to influence and drive decision-making within their communities and beyond.
- We Value and Care About Our Students
- We Are Committed to Ensuring Every Student is a Success
- Our Work Is Grounded in Integrity, Honor, and Excellence
- We Are Responsive and Accountable to Our Community
- Our Students and Alumni Are Impactful
Pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-3.1-21, YouthBuild is a statutorily-authorized “diploma-granting secondary education program.” This status has been affirmatively recognized by the Rhode Island Department of Education (“RIDE”).