What To Expect
YBS believes everyone deserves a second chance at success. This is why we offer young adults, ages 16 to 24, who have previously dropped-out of school, the opportunity to complete their education by earning a high school equivalency diploma through our program. Students in our program receive workforce training and certifications in construction. And, it’s all free!
When not enrolled in academic classes, members work on projects that help them acquire valuable work skills that lead to future employment, while simultaneously benefiting the community. Members learn through building energy-efficient homes that are sold to low-income, first-time home buyers.
Monday – Thursday:
8:00 AM: School Opens
8:30 AM: Morning Meeting Starts
9:00 AM: Class Starts (Academic/Construction/Financial Literacy)
10:20 AM: Break
10:30 AM: Class Starts (Academic/Construction)
11:30 AM: Lunch
12:15 PM: Class Starts (Career Development/Construction)
1:30 PM: Break
1:40 PM: Class Starts (Academic/Construction)
3:15 PM: Class Ends / Afternoon Meeting Starts
3:30 PM: Students Dismissed
6:00 PM: School Closes
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Meetings/Remediation
Want To Know More About The Program?
YBS is proud to be an affiliate of YouthBuild USA and is funded by the Department of Labor ETA. For more information about our national YouthBuild program
Our Team Leaders
Shanace Robinson, MBA
YBS Program Manager
Shanace Robinson directs, oversees and is responsible for the implementation of the YBS Program. Shanace holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a minor in Leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Computer Information Systems. Shanace brings leadership to the team by supporting and enhancing the goals set forth by SUSLA’s administration. Her focus is purpose, not power.
David L. Smith
YBS Construction Supervisor
In David Smith, the team gains over 30 years of building experience. Over two-thirds of that experience was hard won in a harsh non-permissive environment in the U.S. Air Force. He has garnered a wealth of teaching experience and is a phenomenal motivational speaker. David’s goal is to motivate, educate and graduate young people ready to enter today’s diverse and challenging workforce.
Brenda J. Henderson, MAEd
YBS Case Manager/Leadership Developer
Brenda Henderson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position of Case Manager/Leadership Developer at YouthBuild Shreveport. Brenda holds a Masters of Arts degree in Adult Education and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Brenda’s focus in on empowering young people to overcome barriers, particularly in areas of post-secondary education and career services.
Jacqulyn Ball, MSHSA
YBS Job Developer
Jacqulyn Ball received her BS in organizational management from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and her MS from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Jacqulyn has nearly ten years experience working with youth, and more than 15 years of leadership experience. Jacqulyn’s focus is all about empowerment, encouragement, and the motivation of young people and to help them become their very best.
YBS Adult Education Instructor
YBS Program Assistant