Additional partners: Mi Casa Resource Center.

Inconsistent educational experiences at the primary/secondary levels and high youth unemployment are widely considered factors that lead many young people to turn to organized crime for career opportunities.

Colorado State University, Universidad Iberoamericana's Tijuana campus and Mi Casa Resource Center implemented the Green Construction Human and Institutional Development partnership to provide workforce development and education to at-risk youth in the growing industry of environmentally-friendly construction. During the partnership period, 15 youth from Tijuana completed the Green Construction certificate program aimed at strengthening their employability and workforce readiness skills.

The program used an experiential learning approach that focused on effectively managing people, materials, and resources—the necessary building blocks for any successful enterprise. Such skills are essential to starting and/or sustaining businesses on any scale and provided at-risk youth with a broader choice of opportunities for the future.

At a Glance

Partner Institutions:

Colorado State University; Universidad Iberoamericana


Latin America & the Caribbean


Jul 2011–Jun 2012

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