Joe Dubail

50 StoriesLearningWorks YouthBuild
September 15, 2017

“Youth Building Alternatives gave me a second chance.”

Joe Dubail, a current student in our Youth Building Alternatives (YBA) program, is making the most of opportunities that eluded him in high school.  “I stopped going to high school last year when I was a senior.  I was not motivated, mostly because I was having a difficult time in class, and I didn’t have goals for my future.”

Joe first heard of LearningWorks from a friend who had graduated from YBA, a program that provides HiSET (formerly GED) preparation and vocational skills training for young men and women who have dropped out of high school. Joe’s first experience at YBA was Mental Toughness Week, a part of YBA that is designed to help students begin their journey.  “It was interesting because all of the activities are designed to get you out of your comfort zone and be able to get to know your classmates. I think it brought us all together in a way that I had not experienced in school before.”