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Just-A-Start Corporation
  • 1035 Cambridge Street, #12, Cambridge, MA 02141
  • 617-494-0444
  • Vocational Skills Training
Just A Start YouthBuild
Program activities:

This comprehensive 10-month education and vocational training program provides academic remediation and enrichment leading to a HiSet certificate, intensive construction skills training leading to a construction industry recognized credentials including the HBI-PACT and OSHA certificates, and retail skills training leading to retail industry credentials including the Retail Industry Fundamentals (RIF) certificate. Participants participate in career readiness and life skills seminars throughout the duration of the program.

Academic instruction include, but not limited to:
• Math
• Humanities
• Science
• Academic readiness
The pursuit of a HiSET certificate requires participants pass tests in five core academic areas. The HiSet is awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Construction skills training includes, but not limited to:
• Rehab and new construction skills & techniques
• Green-standard construction methods
• Pre-apprenticeship certificate training (PACT) Carpentry & Painting.
The pursuit of an industry recognized certificate-PACT involves intensive classroom, workshop and community-based construction site training. Training also includes OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety Administration) certification. Training is designed to prepare students for employment in construction and construction-related jobs.

The retail skills track includes 18 hours of intensive classroom training in the NRF Foundation’s RISE Up curriculum that leads to a credential in Retail Industry Fundamentals (RIF). Students who successfully earn this credential will be eligible to participate in 180 additional hours of on-the-job skills training through employers who can offer direct hands-on experience in retail and customer service roles.

Career readiness & Life skills seminar training include, but not limited to:
• Social Emotional Learning
• Leadership
• Communication/Debate
• Media Awareness
• Career exploration & pathways (including PSE awareness & access)

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Participants must be between 16-24 years of age and have not completed high school. Enrollment is open to the Metropolitan North area. Participants must score a minimum of 4.0 on the TABE.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 4
Total hours: 25
Program duration: 43 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 2
Program start dates: Cohort 28.5 – May 3, 2022; Cohort 29 – October 31, 2022; Cohort 29.5 – May 1, 2023; Cohort 30 – expected November 2023
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-2:00pmAcademics (HiSET instruction and life skills)
9:00am-2:00pmVocational skills and career readiness
Other Schedule Information: Participants alternate between the academic schedule and construction skills schedule on a weekly basis.
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

JAS YouthBuild - 1175 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139accessible via public transportation
95 Fayerweather St. Cambridge, MA 02138accessible via public transportation
Additional information about location:

Travel from JAS YouthBuild to worksites is provided
Program will be moving to our new Economic Mobility Hub in April 2024, located at 430 Rindge Ave. Cambridge, MA

Program requirements: CORI check, SORI check, Immunizations/Health Records
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: HBI-PACT, OSHA 10, Retail Industry Fundamentals (RIF), HiSET HIgh School Equivalency
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s), Employment/Promotion, Basic skills gain, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Test/License Fees
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Stipend paid as a wage
Other, please explain: Students receive a stipend through our Department of Labor grant.

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Nate Bae Kupel
Telephone: 617-380-3847
Program code: JAS-VT-YB
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes