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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.

Important Dates


Spring Mentor Applications


Apply here!

Deadline for Spring Returner & Early Applicant

Sunday, November 27th

Group Interviews

Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 10am-11am

Friday, December 2nd, 3pm-4pm

Sunday, December 4th, 11am-12pm

Placement Offers Sent

Monday, December 5th

New Mentor Orientation (Zoom)

Saturday, January 28th, 10am-1pm

Mentoring Begins

Monday, January 30th

Contact Information

For more information, contact