Frequently asked questions

What is Youth United?
A program that involves youth at the affiliate level to promote Habitat’s mission through education, advocacy, fundraising and building.

Who runs the Youth United program?
Youth United is run by youth and for youth. Each local Youth United group is run by a steering committee typically made up of high school- and college-age youth. The committee plans Youth United projects and manages fundraising, recruitment, advocacy and community outreach. An adult adviser oversees the projects and provides leadership and support. Everyone has the opportunity to become a leader. You determine how much you invest into the program! We do ask that leaders make a commitment of six months to a year to ensure positive growth within the Youth United project.

How do Youth United groups raise money to build houses?
There are several different ways to raise money, from running a car wash to writing grant applications. You can download the Youth United fundraising guide (Microsoft Word doc) for more ideas. 

I’m younger than 16. Can I help build a Habitat house?
There are several ways you can participate; you can raise funds, advocate, reach out to involve your community, plan events, paint and landscape. Unfortunately, no one under 16 is allowed on a Habitat build site during construction. This is strictly enforced to prevent injuries.

Join Youth United in your area

  • To find out if the local Habitat for Humanity near you has a Youth United group, check the list of participating affiliates. If they do, call or email them using the contact information listed.
  • If your local Habitat affiliate does not have a Youth United program, ask them if you can start one. The affiliate volunteer coordinator in your area can share our Youth United Resource Manual with you from My.Habitat. Check out our resources page for more information on starting a group.