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PACE YouthBuild New Bedford

The mission of YBNB is to provide out-of-school youth in New Bedford and surrounding areas with the broadest range of tools, supports and opportunities available to become self-sufficient, responsible and productive citizens in their community.


YouthBuild New Bedford (YBNB) is a program that helps youth, ages 16-24, develop the education, motivation, self- confidence and work skills necessary to succeed in life. Members are guided by adult leaders who serve as mentors, role models, technical trainers, supervisors and case managers. YBNB is an excellent stepping stone to advance in non-traditional career opportunities. YBNB embodies teamwork, self-discipline, determination, commitment, dedication, ambition and responsibility. 

Executive Director, PACE: Pam Kuechler
Director, PACE YB YDC: Lisa Mello-Frost
89 Merrimac Street,
 New Bedford, MA 02740 
(508) 984-3558
Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm

Bus passes are available.

PACE YouthBuild New Bedford prepares males and females, 16-24, for the world of work through: small class HiSET instruction, vocational skill building with national certification in Construction and CNA, employment Success training, leadership development, financial literacy with savings match, YouthWork Extension 5-week paid internship, case management and more. 

PACE YouthBuild New Bedford – We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. We currently operate under PACE (People Acting in Community Endeavors) to transform the quality of life in the City of New Bedford and surrounding areas. We are an accredited member of the Massachusetts YouthBuild Coalition and of the YouthBuild USA Affiliated Network. We are recognized through our activities and partnerships.  We work to advance the YouthBuild social movement dedicated to empowering the at-risk youth and young adults in our community and building dreams as they become generations of intelligent, informed, invested, and involved community leaders.

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