YouthBuild of South Central Illinois is for young adults who are in need of a certificate High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) and are between the ages of 16 and 24 years old.

What we offer:

  • Stipends for Attendance
  • High School Equivalency or General Education Development Class (HSE or GED)
  • College Education Exploration
  • Mental Health Services
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Employment Assistance
  • Career Training-Construction
  • Community Involvement
  • Leadership Development
  • Team Building
  • Hospitality Training 
  • Certifications:
    • Forklift Training Certificate
    • Pre-apprenticeship Certification

Information Needed Before Enrollment

  • Driver’s License or State ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of selective service of Male 18-24 yrs. old (copy of card or print out from
  • High School Transcript (listing drop date, proof of constitution test, and individual education plan (IEP) if applicable)
  • Proof of low income (TANF, food stamps, or tax return)
  • Copy of court orders/documentation (if applicable)

Weekly schedule:

8:15am – 3:00pm, Monday – Friday

2 days each week in Construction/Hospitality Training

2 days each week in GED class

1 day each week in Community Outreach

YouthBuild of Jefferson and Marion Counties is funded through a grant provided by the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.


618-242-6723-Mount Vernon Location

618-533-5288-Centralia Location

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Although Spero Family Services is a faith-based agency, programs are open and available to anyone fitting the service criteria without discrimination and regardless of faith or denominational background.”