Youth United is a Habitat for Humanity program for youth ages 5-25. The YU leader and team motto is: “ Raise Awareness, Raise Funds, Raise the Roof.” YU leadership opportunities teach our youth to help fulfill a family’s dream of home ownership, create lifetime friendships and have fun while contributing to eliminate poverty
Activities: Ages 16-18
New Jersey Law prevents any youth under the age of 18 to work on a construction site where power tools are used. However, youth ages 16-18 are permitted, with their parent's permission, to work on other activities that will help prepare the partner home under the supervision of adult leaders. Activities may include:
- Painting and landscaping
- Construct picnic or lunch tables for the work site.
- Tutor younger partner family children.
- Provide babysitting for children of homeowners or volunteers.
- Clean a Habitat house before the dedication.
- Talk to a partner family about how Habitat has impacted them. Write about their experience and publish one of their reflections in a newsletter.
- Organize and serve meals to volunteer builders.
Activities: Ages 12-15
- Create your own fundraising project and have a Habitat awareness table at your school or community festivals.
- Register volunteers at the construction site information table.
- Paint doors and baseboards off-site before they are put into the house.
Activities: Ages 10-12
- Speak to classmates about the mission of Habitat with the help of a local campus chapter or homeowner family.
- Construct and paint window boxes to be used as housewarming gifts or as fund-raising items.
- Help clear the construction site of debris before or after construction.
- Sell our Habitat T-shirts at your own Habitat event.
Activities: Ages 7-10
- Write messages or blessings on 2x4 pieces of lumber at the site (before the house framing).
- Have a fundraiser to buy a window, door or other material for the home's interior.
- Landscape, learn about the local environment and plant environmentally friendly bushes.
- Make wooden key holders, picture frames or doorstops from scraps on site.
- Coordinate a birthday gift project for partner family children.
- Make a welcome basket for the homeowner family and sing a song at the dedication.
- Stock the pantry for a new Habitat for Humanity partner family.
- Draw greeting cards to be sold at a Habitat fund-raiser.
- Construct house banks as a fund-raising tool for affiliates.