Dee Goins Selected for YouthBuild Global Fellowship
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Dee Goins Selected for YouthBuild Global Fellowship

Dee Goins, CORE Executive Director, Community Collaboration Coordinator, and YouthBuild Charter School of California YBIE Site Coordinator, joined 19 of her peers in Boston, MA last month for the first in-person meeting of the 2024-2026 YouthBuild USA Leadership Fellows cohort.

Dee Goins was selected to join this first-ever global cohort of 20 dedicated international leaders from across the YouthBuild movement for their commitment to the growth and success of opportunity youth—young adults ages 16-24 who are neither in school nor employed. They embody the principles of service and transformation at the heart of YouthBuild’s mission.

CORE, a community collaborative, will launch its first cohort in August in the Inland Empire region under the leadership of Dee Goins. Dee has been part of the YouthBuild movement for over 7 years as the Executive Director of the San Bernardino YouthBuild Inland Empire site. Additionally, Goins was elected to the role of President of the YouthBuild Collaborative of Southern California, where she began her role on July 1. These two roles, in partnership with the YouthBuild Charter School of California, will help CORE equip students with a high school diploma as well as critical skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership. Participants will engage in hands-on projects, interactive workshops and real-world simulations, all designed to prepare them for successful careers and active citizenship.

CORE, a community collaboration, brings together more than 280 local programs around the world that partner with youth at risk to develop the skills and mindsets that lead to lifelong learning, livelihoods, and leadership. In YouthBuild programs, youth at risk continue their education, prepare for future careers, and become community leaders, building a brighter future for themselves and their neighborhoods. Responding to the urgent need for knowledge, training, and opportunity, YouthBuild primarily serves young people who lack a high school diploma or financial resources.

“We are excited to launch this program as part of our ongoing commitment to empowering young adults,” said Goins, CORE’s Executive Director. “By providing targeted workforce and leadership development training, we are not only improving the employability of our participants, but also fostering a new generation of leaders who will make meaningful contributions to their communities.”

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The two-year fellowship is designed to support the leadership of YouthBuild local program directors around the world, providing opportunities to strengthen their leadership and organizational development skills, build community, and work together to strengthen collective efforts for young people seeking opportunity. It offers an immersive learning experience with three key elements: leadership and professional development; self-care; and peer support and community building. Fellows work together on practices to inform the broader network on positive youth development and program sustainability, influencing the future of policy and practice across all YouthBuild programs. This framework is grounded in YouthBuild’s core values ​​of love, collaboration, accountability, diversity, and leadership.

The YouthBuild Leadership Fellows program includes at least four in-person meetings and several virtual sessions over two years, guided by a mix of insights from peers, YouthBuild USA staff, and external experts. Last month’s event in Boston included sessions on burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue; developing a personal leadership brand; self-care and self-reflection; and personal vision and action planning. Fellows also had intentional time to network with peers, YouthBuild USA staff, and local Boston-based leaders.

“Our Leadership Fellows have immense talent and vision for the YouthBuild movement. We are excited to support them in their journey of professional and personal growth,” said John Valverde, president and CEO of YouthBuild USA. “Our goal is to cultivate a camaraderie experience that is not just a reward, but a transformative time for each leader and, by extension, the communities they serve. It is a recognition of their immense potential to influence change and propel YouthBuild to new heights.”

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