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Berkeley United in Literacy Development (BUILD) is one of the largest reading programs in the East Bay, with 215 UC Berkeley student mentors providing one-to-one literacy support to 850 youth at 20 locations in Oakland and Berkeley. Each mentor is matched with 3 children with whom they work individually in 30-35 minute after-school sessions twice a week. Mentors work with the same children for at least one semester, and sometimes for years. In addition, all mentors attend an orientation, 3 trainings per semester, and weekly meetings with their mentor team. BUILD runs in fall, spring, and summer.

1819 Directors
BUILD Directors, 2018-2019


BUILD is supported by the City of Berkeley’s Youth Services and is a partner with the Berkeley Unified School District on Berkeley’s 2020 Vision. It is also a member of the Oakland Literacy Coalition and a supporter of Oakland Reads.

Application Dates

  BUILD Directors
(Summer 2022 or
2022-23 Academic Year)

Summer Mentor Applications




Information Sessions Fri, March 18, noon-1pm
see BUILDLiteracy bcal for link

Monday, August 22 or Tuesday, August 23 (TBD)

Video orientation to watch before July 5

Start Date late August, 2022

July, 5, 2022

Contact Information

For more information, contact