Opportunities to Thrive

Our Enrichment services provide a wide array of in-person and virtual opportunities to cultivate interests and discover talents: music, art, athletics, podcasting, entrepreneurship, gardening, tech, and more.

We surround young people with creative activities to uncover new interests, build healthy minds and bodies, and nurture potential. Scholarships, workplace training, and academic support help youth succeed in high school, prepare for college, and persist through graduation.

Enrichment Services

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Metal Working and Jewelry Entrepreneurship Program

Spend this Fall discovering the transformative, expressive world of Glass Art. This program will introduce you to a brief glass history and the basic elements that go into art and design. This experience will offer you an opportunity to meaningfully interact with your peers and help push your creativity. Participants will engage with hands-on fused glass activities and be a part of the design and creation process of a series of collaborative glass mosaic garden benches to help bring beauty to the Build community garden space!

BUILD Radio Podcast

Youth will learn how to use their creativity to produce unique digital media pieces that highlight individual and community stories and/or issues. They will learn the basics of digital media and how to use production technology. As a part of creating their unique piece, they will develop their communication, writing, technology, leadership, and social skills. Additionally they will gain the ability to begin to deconstruct the media narratives that surround them and strengthen their mechanisms for critical analysis.

Subscribe to our BUILD Radio podcast here.

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Sports Programs

Lace up and get ready to hit the field during BUILD’s sports! Participation in our sports programs will help build your child’s athletic skills in a supportive environment that emphasizes cooperation and good sportsmanship. We offer youth flag football, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, and much more! Youth will learn the rules of the game and play through skills challenges and scrimmage games and embrace teamwork and conflict resolution.

BUILD Music Program

Youth will learn how to write, create beats and learn about the different career fields in the music industry. Youth will learn how to apply rhythm and flow to different songs, organizing sound and words to make music! Youth will be encouraged to use this medium as self-expression and a form of healing and will do this by using software like LogicPro and/or GarageBand to record, edit and master an original track.

Art Academy Program

Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Drawing

BUILD youth are constantly creating art: to process trauma and heal, to calm racing minds, to explore creative interests and unlock new ones, to express things they don’t yet have words for. The visual and performing arts are integrated across all our programs, from  after-school prevention programs in middle school to intensive treatment and mental health care for teenagers struggling with the trauma of gun violence.

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The Iris

Austin Grown Community Gardening: Seasonal

Working in the Iris garden taking care of chickens, picking ripe produce and handling all aspects of maintaining an urban farm. Our approach is to demonstrate the development of community-based food systems and to support communities in developing systems of their own where food is grown, prepared, and distributed within the community itself.

Need help? Please contact our Director of Enrichment,

Sarah Anderson at 773-227-2880 for additional information.