BUILDing Futures: College Access and Career Readiness
BUILD helps inspire youth to look beyond the barriers in their lives and re-imagine a future filled with opportunity and achievement. Our BUILDing Futures Program exposes low-income, often-overlooked students to the possibility of becoming the first in their families to go to college, graduate and create careers, connecting them to resources they need to achieve their aspirations.
Building Futures equips participants with tools and supports needed to graduate from high school (or equivalency), advance to post-secondary opportunities, develop leadership skills, and engage in civic engagement. Through workshops and individual counseling and support, BUILDing Futures assists at-risk students to develop and implement plans for postsecondary education and career. Our Personal Education Plans, part of the Mutual Accountability Plan (MAP), allow students to establish short and long-term goals, as well as action steps needed to reach their goals. BUILDing Futures reaches 750 participants a year, 500 are duplicated from the Prevention and Intervention Components.
College Access: Education Outreach Specialists work with middle and high school students on personal motivation, academic attainment, college admissions, financial aid, vocational training, and career exploration to keep them in the educational pipeline and enhance access to postsecondary opportunities.
Career Readiness: The Career Development program increases the job readiness skills of our youth, assists with their job searches, and connects them to resources and employers in the community. It also enhances our youths' understanding of the wide variety of careers available to them and the educational requirements of various careers. Services offered by the Career Development program include career assessments, resume writing assistance, interview skills development, asset mapping, workplace etiquette training, job searches, application assistance, job placement, and other career-related topics as requested by staff/school partners.
Youth Leadership Development: Youth Development Specialists engage youth council, leadership groups and core group members in tracking life plan goals, providing community service, enhancing leadership skills, and learning to become peer mentors and counselors.