Phoenix Rising YouthBuild


Phoenix Rising participants complete a two-week mental toughness challenge course prior to being officially enrolled in the program. They receive 20 weeks of hands-on classroom training designed to develop workforce skills that lead to successful employment. In addition, they have an opportunity to earn a high school diploma through the nationally accredited Penn Foster High School, if needed, as well as industry-recognized certifications in construction and other occupations.

A key component of Phoenix Rising YouthBuild involves construction of homes for deserving families in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Marion County.

Students also receive weekly participation payments as well as support services and career counseling.

Major funding for the program comes from a grant obtained by CareerSource CLM from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Current year federal funding for Youth Build is $466,821.

In addition to CareerSource CLM, Eckerd and Habitat, primary partners are the City of Ocala, Marion County Board of County Commissioners, College of Central Florida (Hampton Center), Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Neighborhood Housing and Development Corporation, Florida State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) and Equal Housing Opportunity, and Silver River Mentoring & Instruction (SRMI).

Phoenix Rising YouthBuild has earned recognition from the Florida League of Cities, National League of Cities and Harvard’s School of Business. It has also received the Clarence E. Jordan Award which is Habitat for Humanity International’s highest honor for creativity and innovation in building homes and communities.

For more information, call 352-291-9550, ext. 2293.