Youth Services

Blueprint for Success
Blueprint provides young adults with classroom instruction and hands-on training in the construction field. Blueprint participants receive intensive supportive services to address barriers to self-sufficiency including:
  • Case management
  • Assistance in finding part-time employment, 
  • Assistance with child care
  • Assistance with child support matters
  • Financial assistance for emergency rent or utility payments
  • Assistance finding suitable housing
  • Individual or family counseling with an outside professional

CAA also serves as an advocate for Blueprint participants dealing with legal matters.  

Upon graduation from Blueprint, participants who wish to enter the construction industry are guaranteed the opportunity to interview for a job in the field.  Other participants can receive assistance applying to higher education programs and pursuing other careers.

CAA's Blueprint for Success Program partners with numerous community organizations and businesses, including:
  • The City of Cincinnati
  • Homesteading and Urban Rehabilitation Corporation, Inc. (HURC)
  • Allied Construction Industry, Inc.
  • The Home Depot
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Great Oaks
  • Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative, Inc. (GCMI)
  • Messer Construction
  • Triversity, Inc.
  • Sigma Capital, Inc.
To be eligible for the Blueprint program, individuals must:
  • Be between 18-30 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Be a resident of the City of Cincinnati

For more information on Blueprint for Success, contact Youth Services by email or by phone at 513.569.1840 x 1466.

Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Truck Driver Training
Take the wheel and start a new career with this 5-week CDL training program. 

In addition to truck driver training, the CAA CDL Training Program offers life skills training, mentoring and supportive services. Qualified applicants have access to many services offered by CAA, including: 
  • Financial assistance
  • Utility bill payment assistance
  • Counseling
  • Child care
This program requires that all participants: 
  • Be a resident of the City of Cincinnati
  • Be 21 and up
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Complete application
  • Complete assessment and interview
  • Complete and pass the Department of Transportation's physical examination
  • Participants agree to a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and violence and will submit to a drug screening during the intake process.
This program is funded by the City of Cincinnati and the Hand Up Initiative.

YouthBuild is a construction training program serving at-risk young men and women from low-income communities.  The goal of the program is to assist youth in overcoming negative attitudes and obtain a self-sufficient life.
CAA's YouthBuild program integrates education, leadership development, counseling, construction and other vocational training skills. Participants work toward their GED while learning job skills and serving their communities by building affordable housing.  Youth also have the opportunity to earn a national certification in construction.
The YouthBuild program provides:
  • GED classes
  • Personal mentoring
  • A peer support group
  • Mental toughness training
Participants also receive supportive services, such as:
  • Life skills training
  • Job skills training
  • Referral services
  • Childcare 
To be eligible for the YouthBuild program, individuals must: 
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Be a resident of Hamilton County
  • Have dropped out of high school
  • Be unemployed

For more information on YouthBuild Construction & Training Program,  email Youth Services or call 513.569.1840 x 1466.

YouthBuild Construction & Training Program is made possible by:
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College · Corinthian Baptist Church · Connect 2 Success -Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative  
Habitat for Humanity · Hamilton County Juvenile Courts · Workforce Investment Act