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Westside Youth Academy

Westside Youth Academy
School Address
12525 Washington PlaceLos Angeles, CA 90066
Mailing Address
200 Lincoln Blvd., Venice CA 90291

Tel: (310) 399-4100 Ext. 117  
Fax: (310) 399-1130

John Muir Staff

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Feliz Burke
The academic program at Venice YouthBuild fosters leadership and skill-building through hands-on workshops and project-based learning in a supportive and empowering classroom environment. Current students say they most enjoy peer-to-peer feedback, positive staff support, and dynamic classroom instruction that meets their diverse learning styles as they work to earn their high school diploma and/or GED. One of the many benefits of participating in our program is the chance for young people to realize their full potential while experiencing a positive transformation in a safe and nurturing learning community.

Social justice. Empowerment. Positive Transformation. These are the values infused throughout our leadership, high school diploma, and vocational training programs.

  • Individualized High School Instruction at VCH's John Muir Charter School: giving participants another chance to earn their high school diploma
  • Job Skills Classes: teaching students basic job skills and safety practices, with an emphasis on skills valuable to the construction industry
  • Work Experience: allowing participants to gain valuable work experience on real construction sites while building or rehabilitating affordable housing
  • Leadership Development and Community Service projects: helping participants take pride in themselves and their communities
  • Career Guidance: helping participants gain careers and higher education through career counseling, job-readiness training, and job placement
Venice YouthBuild Staff

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Becky Dennison
VCHC Executive Director 
Rick Solis Jr.
Program Director
Guillermo Buenrostro
YouthBuild Construction Trainer
 Jonah Katende
YouthBuild Case Manager
 Marisol Perez
YouthBuild Administrative Coordinator
 Kevin Michini
YouthBuild Transitions Coordinator