1. To provide a safe, secure, and supportive environment for all socially and economically disadvantaged young adults in which:
    • There is a profound respect for the intelligence and decision-making ability of young adults;
    • Resources are provided to reverse the impact of past experiences that have limited the achievement of their full potential;
    • Young adults are empowered spiritually and intellectually to make decisions and take responsibility for their lives, their families, and their communities;
    • Young adults learn about and take pride in their individual cultural backgrounds while simultaneously learning to respect and appreciate the many diverse cultures that make up our society;
    • Leadership development, education, and skills training are combined to prepare young adults to take advantage of existing economic opportunities, create new ones, and further their education;
    • The importance of community service-compassion for and a genuine desire to help others-is a philosophy fostered in all young adults; and
    • Civic engagement is encouraged in students, staff, and graduates.
  2. YouthBuild programs not only develop the capacity of young adults, but also act as a positive force for change in the larger community by:
    • Creating affordable housing, housing for the homeless, and facilities serving various community needs;
    • Creating access to well-paying, long-term, meaningful jobs for young adults;
    • Pressing for expanded resources for low-income communities and young people;
    • Providing and developing visible role models;
    • Stabilizing and strengthening the economic fabric of local communities through fostering entrepreneurship and individual home ownership; and
    • Encouraging participation in electoral democracy through voter registration and getting out the vote.