The mission of American YouthWorks is to provide young people with opportunities to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through education, on-the-job training, and service to others.
In 1975, Richard Halpin founded AYW as a GED and literacy program for incarcerated youth in Austin. Since then, AYW has grown to serve the entire Austin community and is now home to two primary programs: YouthBuild Austin and Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC). TxCC, established in 1993, conserves natural landscapes across the Southwest and responds to natural disasters. YouthBuild Austin, established in 1997, offers young adults the opportunity to complete their high school education and simultaneously receive career training.