MacArthur Fellows Program

Dorothy Stoneman

Educator and Youth Leader | Class of 1996

Educator and Youth Leader
Somerville, Massachusetts
54 at time of award
Published July 1, 1996

Dorothy Stoneman is an educator and community organizer who, through a lifetime of commitment, has created programs, policies, and institutions that offer opportunities and support to disadvantaged young people.

As founder and president of YouthBuild U.S.A., Stoneman heads a rapidly expanding national effort to prepare young people for careers in construction, for college, and for community leadership by employing them in the rehabilitation of abandoned buildings into housing for low-income and homeless people in their neighborhoods.  YouthBuild now operates in 108 cities nationwide, offering a combined program of academic preparation, skill development, and leadership development.  The organization has provided opportunities and hope for tens of thousands of young people and their families.

Stoneman established and directed the Youth Action Program (1978-1988) before founding YouthBuild in 1988.  She also serves as chairman of the YouthBuild Coalition, with over 1000 member organizations throughout the United States, and as co-chair of the Campaign for Youth, designed to improve policies affecting low-income youth.  She is the author of the Handbook for Youth Leadership Development (1988) and several other practical handbooks on how to run independent community schools and parent-controlled day-care centers.

Stoneman received a B.A. (1963) from Harvard University and an M.A. (1972) from the Bank Street College of Education.

Last updated January 1, 2005

Select News About Dorothy Stoneman
November 8, 2015
"YouthBuild Program Gives Troubled Youths a Second Chance"
NBC Nightly News
Dorothy Stoneman , 1996 MacArthur Fellow
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