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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


Rogers Family Foundation and the City of Berkeley’s Community Services Department. BUILD is a partner of the Berkeley Alliance, the , and Berkeley Unified School District on Berkeley’s 2020 Vision to end educational inequities. It is also a member of the Oakland Literacy Coalitionand a supporter of Oakland Reads.

Application Dates

BUILD Director Applications Apply here!
Deadline to apply March 29, then rolling
Interviews Scheduled individually April 1-April 10
Summer 2021 Start Dates Orientation week of May 3
Mentoring starts July 1
Academic Year 2021-22 Start Dates Director Orientation: August 23
Center-wide Orientation: August 24
Mentor Orientation: September 12
Program Start: September 13

Contact Information

For more information, contact 

Miranda Tsang and Leslie Zaragoza

BUILD Staff Team: Miranda Tsang and Leslie Zaragoza

Liliana Ledezma
“Participating in BUILD is a way for me to alleviate educational barriers faced by students, barriers similar to the ones I endured as a child. The relationships my scholars and I have created become their bridges to the fun of learning. Their growth reminds me of the importance of investing in youth.”

Liliana Ledezma, Class of 2021, Major in Urban Studies
Hometown: Santa Ana