B.U.I.L.D Staten Island Youth Program

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The Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership (HTCP) will be launching its new initiative, Building Urban Innovative Youth through Leadership & Development Program, (B.U.I.L.D) on November 1, 2016. B.U.I.L.D. will be the first of its kind in Staten Island, and will provide a pathway for unemployed, low-income youth (between the ages of 18 -24) an opportunity to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment, and become leaders in rebuilding and shaping their communities. Funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development, B.U.I.L.D Staten Island is a Planning Affiliate of YouthBuild USA. 

B.U.I.L.D Staten Island will be a nine-month program beginning November 1, 2016 - June 15, 2017. Participants who are accepted into our B.U.I.L.D Program will receive:

  • Basic skills to prepare and obtain your TASC* 
  • Education through hands on job training (Construction, Retail and Customer Service)
  • Support Services
  • Stipends and incentives $$ up to $2,500.00* 

*Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) is a top adult education test. Replaces GED and is Common Core aligned. *To receive stipends, participants must meet attendance and program requirements.


  • Young men and women, ages 18-24
  • MUST be available Monday - Thursday from 8:30am to 3:00pm
  • NOT currently enrolled in school or employed
  • Looking to obtain High School Equivalency Diploma
  • Can commit to a 9-month program



YouthBuild USA modeled programs, like B.U.I.L.D. Staten Island require students to partake in Mental Toughness prior to enrolling in the program. Mental Toughness is key to setting the tone and expectations for a successful program year and for making the final selection of young people who will be enrolled in the program.  Mental Toughness is also coupled with orientation and provides youth awareness of the programs environment, traditions and opportunities. This training is designed to produce human transformation in young adults lacking in personal, social, and academic development; who have been historically denied an opportunity to develop a mastery of life skills. During Mental Toughness students participate in workshops, listen to motivational speakers, engage in physical activity and face self-discovery. Through this process, students test their mental and physical strengths, learn how to become a team member with their fellow B.U.I.L.D Staten Island family, and engage in communication and thinking skill activities. In the end, students are motivated, inspired and empowered to be something and do something. Mental Toughness is also the place to build relationships between students and the staff and to build a cohesive, safe and supportive peer group combined with love and respect.


In order to for applicants to be considered by the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership's B.U.I.L.D Program, you must meet the program requirements stated above and submit all required documentation for consideration. 

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A CHANGE? Download and fill out the attached application by October 31, 2016.  


QUESTIONS? CONTACT US: (347) 695-1920 or EMAIL US: buildsi@historictappenpark.com