The Growth of YouthBuild: A Case Study

By Ayse Guclu, J. Gregory Dees and Beth Battle Anderson

From its roots in 1978 as a project of the Youth Action Program in East Harlem, by early 2003, the YouthBuild movement had grown to encompass a network of over 200 local sites nationwide. We selected YouthBuild because it raises crucial strategic questions that will arise in many scaling efforts. The case has been written to highlight the strategic decisions made in this scaling process. Accordingly, it has been divided into eight parts, with supplemental material provided in three appendices.

CASE, 2004